How Should We Dispose of Old Hard Drives?

We have a lot of old backup drives that we don’t need anymore. How could we get rid of them?

I don’t want to enable any hoarding tendencies, but I really don’t like the thought of my hard drives, and thus my data, being out there in the wild. The US military does not believe that a magnetic hard disk drive can ever be truly erased, and I have no desire to test that.

That said, I know some people simply don’t care, and I can’t make ’em. Ideally you’d at least erase them so your stuff doesn’t get out there. But as I mature(-ish), I learn how unpractical—and maaaaybe bordering on paranoid—that might be. In which case take ’em to Best Buy for responsible recycling.

Does that help?

Author: jjmarcus

Apple Specialist, Mac Whisperer, Cloud Wrangler - Your Remote CTO

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