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Unread 12-06-2013, 07:23 PM   #11
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Re: Size of your first HDD?

Well, kiddies, I'm probably showing my age here, but my very first Winchester hard drive was a 10 MEGAbyte (not giga) 8" drive on a 8-bit MP/M system, in the late 1970's. My next one (and I had several) was a Seagate ST-225 20Megabyte drive in my first IBM XT clone that I built. Must have been 1982 or 1983. Talk about ancient history! That takes me back.

The first "large" drive I bought was a 5-1/4" 300MB Maxtor (I think, or maybe Micropolis) ESDI boat anchor that cost me $1500 in somewhere around 1985. Fun times!
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Re: Size of your first HDD?

My first was an 80 MG. It did the trick for a couple of years, then I got an 850MG drive. Both of them cost me around $300. After that, if I needed more space, I just got whatever $50.00 could get me. I think I got a 3.4 GB, then a 10 GB, 20 GB, 160 GB and finally last year I got a 1 TB drive. Plus I have others to. All still usable, provided I have the right controller in my system board. From the 160 and up they are Sata drives. The previous ones are IDE.

Those are for desktop machines. I recently got a laptop drive of a puny 80GB. 20 bucks off e-bay. That was for an e-machines XP laptop. I recently snagged a Dell Win7 laptop off e-bay, so I had to grab an extra drive for that to. 250 GB, snagged for 32 bucks.

At one time I had 5 routers. But those were given away last summer, along with a few computers, which I harvested the drives from. I do not sell or give away hard drives. When it comes time to dispose of them, I will use a 3 pound mallet, maybe the 8 pound sledge hammer I snagged at a garage sale for $2.00. It would probably cost more in electricity to do a DoD wipe, then what I could get for them putting them on eBay or craigslist. I do not want anyone to find that bank account number of mine that says I have $200 in savings !!!!! So smashing them is the choice. Got a drill to, probably drill 4 3/4 inch holes in them. That should make them unreadable and unrecoverable too...

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Re: Size of your first HDD?

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This is fun stuff! Those used drives from eBay, or wherever, MIGHT contain neat stuff, or might be actually cleaned off. BEFORE you reformat or repartition, or anything else, use something like Active File Recovery (Free version here:

http://www.file-recovery.com/downloa...overy-demo.exe )

to see what's on them. Could be anything from nothin', to mundane, to spicy, to totally illegal - ya never know. It's fun to look.

Just remember, unless you do a DOD wipe or something similar, what was "deleted" is still there. Don't just resell or discard your own used drives. Run a full (8 hour) DOD wipe on them to completely clear them.
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Re: Size of your first HDD?

When I got my laptop drive, I had not thought of looking it over. It sounds fun, but not sure I want to find anything illegal, unless it is something related to the JFK assassination. That would be cool..

My recent Dell eBay purchase, the seller mentioned he was going to wipe it and install a fresh copy of Win 7 from a Dell disk. I have only had it a week now, so maybe I can find something !!!

I do not think I will sell a drive. We had a DoD wipe going on a server rack at work and I think it took 24 hours. But of course, it involved quite a few drives so the time is justifiable. I think it would take at least that much time to do 1 drive on my home PC.

A sledge hammer on a drive sounds fun too!!!!!

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Unless there's some overwhelming reason to keep the drive intact, I usually disassemble them, destroy the platters, remove all of the neat, super-powerful, magnets and throw out the rest. Just a reminder, but, in a suitably equipped lab, the data can be extracted even from raw platters, so it's best to completely destroy them. Shredding and pyrotechnics are also reliable. Have fun!
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