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No One Can Read Your Hard Drive if You Destroy it With Acid

The more information you put online or in the digital space, the more opportunities there are for nefarious types to get at it. You can hardly go a day without reading about another massive data breach. How is the average person supposed to protect their sensitive documents and photos not of their genitals? Well, change your crappy password. Right now. It’s bad. Second, destroy, physically destroy hard drives containing sensitive information before disposing of them. You could use a hammer, but why not acid?

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YouTuber NurdRage is here to help. In his latest video, the voice-modulated scientist shows us what will happen to a hard drive when placed in hydrochloric and nitric acids. Hydrochloric acid is nasty stuff. It’s the reason why your stomach lining has to be replaced every few days. It will get through most materials. The strong acid makes short work of the hard drive motor and casing, but the platter remained intact. So NurdRage decided to put the platter in both hydrochloric acid and nitric acid. The former handled the aluminum in the platter and the latter erased the thin film of data from the disk. Problem solved.

But as NurdRage points out, this method isn’t for everyone. The reaction produces dangerous gases and requires specialized glassware and handling equipment. So if you aren’t familiar with handling acids in a fume hood, maybe you should stick to the traditional method of physically destroying hard drives.

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Damn it feels good to be a digitally responsible gangster.

Images: NurdRage

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