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How to securely dispose of your solid state drive according to Backblaze

By Shawn Knight ยท 32 replies
Mar 16, 2017
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  1. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 318   +185

    Fireplace or other ember rich location until it's red hot should destroy anything. But temperature and duration for oven destruction would be somewhat interesting to know. Microwave oven could be good test also.
     
  2. Yynxs

    Yynxs TS Addict Posts: 202   +70

    Am I the only one that sees an opportunity here for a mall grinder that you put 2 bucks in and drop the SSD in and its ground to bits in front of you and the bits handed back in a recyclable paper bag? Put a recycle box in the bottom and those that drop it in give you free access to mining the precious metals. You get paid both ways.
     
  3. merikafyeah

    merikafyeah TS Enthusiast Posts: 84   +36

    With self-encryption, all your data can only be read using the drive's internal private key. "Wiping" the drive basically only involves changing the private key (usually using the drive maker's software tools). Once the key has changed, any data written with the old key becomes inaccessible forever and this key change cannot be undone, hence the "instant secure erase". This is also true if the private key became corrupt somehow, so as always, backup, backup, backup.

    Fun fact: Not just SSDs, they make self-encrypting hard drives as well.
     
  4. PrimateGod

    PrimateGod TS Rookie

    Soak it in bleach
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,103   +422

    I still prefer the BFH method as being the simplest.
     
  6. Fimbulvetr

    Fimbulvetr TS Rookie

    Wouldn't putting it on a block of wood and smashing it many times with a sledgehammer work? No cost.
     
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,103   +422

    I think I just said that. :)
     
  8. Fimbulvetr

    Fimbulvetr TS Rookie

    Oops, you did indeed! :) Sorry about that!
     

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