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pinkyusuck November 4th, 2013 11:04pm

A strong magnet or a microwave can be used to render most electronic storage mediums unusable. True or False?

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leilu SoCal
11/04/13 11:21 pm

Has this been on Mythbusters yet?!

comppete Las Vegas
11/04/13 10:25 pm

A microwave will not destroy a typical hard drive, because the microwaves can't get beyond the metal case the platters are in. It can make the HD unusable though. A very powerful magnet can disrupt the data to render most of the data unusable.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/04/13 10:24 pm

In lieu of a drill, a round of .50 BMG should do the trick too.

knetzere Illinois
11/04/13 11:04 pm

Agreed but if you had a lot of media to dispose of I think the most efficient method would be stacking them with a touch of thermite on top and just step back to enjoy the show

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/05/13 5:17 am

Sounds like you've done this before?

*raises eyebrow suspiciously*

EarlyBird Portland
11/04/13 5:59 pm

Total guess says yes.

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EarlyBird Portland
11/05/13 2:23 pm

I'm too lazy to read the article

imanag My heaven on Earth
11/04/13 5:35 pm

That would have to be a very powerful magnet to cause any degaussing. Pinky, have you been watching reruns of Burn Notice or Breaking Bad?

presrvd Phoenix
11/04/13 5:25 pm

I'll throw in what I DO know. A strong magnet will render a platter-based HDD useless, it messes with the arm that moves the heads over the platters. I don't have the capabilities to test the actual platters to see if the data is destroyed,

presrvd Phoenix
11/04/13 5:26 pm

so I cannot tell you for sure. A microwave will destroy a CD/DVD. Overall, a 16lb sledgehammer is capable of rendering any form of storage device unusable/unrecoverable.

cowboy Doors of Perception
11/04/13 5:23 pm

Of course its true. Ever hear of a magnetic field?

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Oboette17 Senioritis
11/04/13 4:21 pm

Idk, but I do know the hotel card against cell phone is a myth. I had my phone on top of my card for several hours and the card still worked.

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
11/04/13 4:07 pm

depends on how strong the magnet/nictowave and the protection for the electronic medium

it takes a strong magnet to wreck your average hardrive today

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/04/13 10:23 pm

I'm thinking of the electric magnet designed for erasing storage devices. ;)