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February 21, 2017
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A few years ago, Breaking Bad fans were presented with a distorted depiction of how to destroy a hard drive.
The television show followed Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who becomes engulfed in a life of crime. In one episode, White uses a super, oversized magnet to get rid of incriminating evidence on a laptop. In the show, the magnet acts like a make-shift degausser, producing powerful magnetic fields that demagnetize the hard drive and destroy the data.
But it was a huge exaggeration. The magic of television!
At one time, magnets placed on a computer hard drive may have worked to destroy hard drive data but hard drives today are more resistant than ever to magnets. Also, even if a magnet corrupts data, with today’s technology a repair may be possible.
The best way to dispose of hard drives – and destroy digital data that is no longer needed – is to have them physically destroyed by a professional document destruction company. This is the most effective and risk-free way to ensure information is permanently destroyed.
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