Melting down your data

Computers & Mobile
Melting down your data

If you’ve read any of the scary articles or seen segments on TV news magazines about ID theft and data piracy, you know that, somewhere in some heavy-metal-polluted shanty town on the south China coast, someone might be scanning a hard drive you threw out years ago, looking for marketable data before they boil out the metals in fuming drum vats.

So, what do you do? Here’s one extreme solution (if you have a crucible and furnace handy): drive slagging.

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4 thoughts on “Melting down your data

  1. K says:

    Old meme

  2. Austringer says:

    …a hard drive you threw out years ago…

    I know what all these words mean, but not when you put them together like that.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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