Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login

Site Notices
Posted: 11/5/2009 10:02:25 AM EST
I have about a dozen computer hard drives my companies IT department gave me to "dispose" of. They have been cleaned of data, and have functionality problems, but the IT guys still want them destroyed. I am happy to oblige. I have ripped apart about 30 of them so far for the magnets inside which are strong as heck. But I have a dozen or so left fully intact and I was thinking about shooting them for fun.

Has anyone here done it? What caliber? Results?

I'm thinking 22lr will dent and crack but not really do much. I am pretty confident that 5.56 will punch right though. It is just aluminum with some very soft steel components..
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:06:27 AM EST
do a penetration test to see how many hd's can be penetrated with various calibers.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:07:14 AM EST
A HDD will stop 9mm, .40, and .45 ball ammo. At least thats been my experience. Rifle rounds pass through with ease.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:39:56 AM EST
depends where they hit.

iv'e had .45 and .9mm stop, but .22 go through. Depends on the type, and location of hit.

There's a youtube video....50 BMG AP..penetrated 18 hard drives.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:41:03 AM EST
Those magnets are great for hanging guns from the undersides of desks, cabinets, etc..
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:41:25 AM EST
yup, I did long time ago with some 30.06 AP. I'll try to find the pics
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:44:25 AM EST
I have shot a few hard drives. If you hit it on the spindle, you are hitting the toughest part. The platters are next toughest, though some drives only have a couple. There is a part where the head arm attaches and it will stop a few smaller rounds. I used 9mm, .40 and 5.7mm. The platters did not stop 5.7, but I cannot remember if it had 4. I can check when I get home. The spindle part stopped all the rounds that hit it. I didn't hit it with any rifle rounds. I think one of the guy shot one with a .22 and it did a fair amount of damage to the chassis but the steel/stainless? cover didn't let them penetrate.

Shootin' hard drives is fun!


ByteTheBullet (-:
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:47:50 AM EST

well, can't find the one where I ran the AP, but here is another. No idea why I have so many hard drives

http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=813330
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:48:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2009 10:48:40 AM EST by delemorte]
its been done... 18 hard drives will stop a .50 BMG API.

Video

http://www.hardocp.com/news/2009/03/21/50_bmg_api_vs_18_hard_drives
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:49:27 AM EST
The magnets are useful.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:52:07 AM EST
I have shot dozens. Most pistols will not penetrate. .223 and .308 go right through.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 10:58:20 AM EST
.357 does a nice number on them.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:03:14 AM EST
From my experiences .22lr will just dent the shit out of a hard drive. I've had 9mm, 40, and 45 pass through without any problems. That is of course if you don't hit the spindle. My friend has a hard drive with a 45 round embedded dead center in the top of the spindle.

Oh, I've also had a .308 penetrate 4/5 hard drives we lined up. Always fun to take some old hard drives to the range.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:05:45 AM EST
the platters are really reflective. I have one as a signal mirror in my bob
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:14:23 AM EST
45 ball will not penetrate a maxtor 250gb but it will dent the fuck out of the drive

that particular drive will be eating a large amount of 308s in the near future

for reference don't go cheap when your building a storage array

:(
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:15:26 AM EST
You can skip 12ga slugs off of them with a high incident angle.
I also managed to dent,but not penetrate, a CPU heatsink with a slug.

Shoot at the HD platter when installed in a PC bay,and the friction will eventually set the tower on fire.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:24:14 AM EST
.50AE goes right through and leaves a big hole.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:29:04 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2009 11:31:35 AM EST by RagnarDanneskjold]
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
I have about a dozen computer hard drives my companies IT department gave me to "dispose" of. They have been cleaned of data, and have functionality problems, but the IT guys still want them destroyed. I am happy to oblige. I have ripped apart about 30 of them so far for the magnets inside which are strong as heck. But I have a dozen or so left fully intact and I was thinking about shooting them for fun.

Has anyone here done it? What caliber? Results?

I'm thinking 22lr will dent and crack but not really do much. I am pretty confident that 5.56 will punch right though. It is just aluminum with some very soft steel components..


I shot the metal side of a hard drive with WWB 45acp last month; it dented the hell out of it but did not penetrate. I shot the other side that had a circuit board and plastic case material, it penetrated through four of the five "disks" in the hard drive. Sorry no pics.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:30:45 AM EST
I hit one with a .308 soft-point once. There is no way anyone could have retrieved data from the remains.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:40:17 AM EST




i can vouch that .45 will eat them up, a hard drive will not stop it
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:46:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2009 11:47:17 AM EST by GlutealCleft]
.22LR will go through the thin metal case, penetrate a platter or two, but isn't going to make it out the back most of the time.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:50:42 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:51:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By Tango7:
FYI, a good forensic unit can still get the data off of the pieces.

Expensive? Yes, but very do-able.


Yes.

As long as the piece is smaller than a sector, advanced techniques can retrieve the data, but they'd have to really REALLY want it.

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:04:36 PM EST
My 60,000 PSI WaterJet made quick work of a hard drive





I hope the video works. Posting Photobucket vids on Arfcom used to be impossible because it would stick a random character in the link.

Vid
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:21:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By DcN484:
My 60,000 PSI WaterJet made quick work of a hard drive

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc257/david448/temp/100_1590.jpg

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc257/david448/temp/100_1592.jpg

I hope the video works. Posting Photobucket vids on Arfcom used to be impossible because it would stick a random character in the link.

Vid


Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:29:15 PM EST
I have a couple old drives that I've been planning to shoot. I was going to use .223 but this has inspired me to see how they'll handle some 1480 fps 38 Supers I have.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:33:18 PM EST
Shot a 5.25" hard drive (one of those BigFoot drives) with a .30-06 at 100 yards.

Went through like a hot knife through butter.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:33:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2009 1:34:08 PM EST by Subnet]



Black one was .30-06, if I recall correctly.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:35:28 PM EST
The newer ceramic discs won't stop anything.

The old metal discs will stop WWB 9mm & 40S&W.

5.56 goes right through.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:45:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By EatSleepJeep:
The newer ceramic discs won't stop anything.

The old metal discs will stop WWB 9mm & 40S&W.

5.56 goes right through.


Ain't that the truth. One of those startled me as I went to bend it thinking it was metal and it exploded in my hands. I am still finding small pieces of it on my desk months later.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:56:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:09:57 PM EST
Its the only destruction meathod I endorse. This one was shot with 9mm, .308, .223, and .45. the .45 slug is still in it.






Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:10:13 PM EST
12 gauge slugs will do a number on a hard drive:





Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:13:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2009 2:14:51 PM EST by keroppl]
do this first before you shoot em, or launch the platters and shoot em on the move.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yISqCAnROh8&feature=player_embedded
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:17:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By DcN484:
My 60,000 PSI WaterJet made quick work of a hard drive

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc257/david448/temp/100_1590.jpg

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc257/david448/temp/100_1592.jpg

I hope the video works. Posting Photobucket vids on Arfcom used to be impossible because it would stick a random character in the link.

Vid


Very cool.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:26:36 PM EST
We took a pile out to a buddy's farm and ventilated with a variety of firearms

Then we packed them up and RMA'ed them back to Micronet for warranty.


Top Top