In conjunction with the Graffiti Research Lab I’m hunting for a foolproof way to secure my data, and yesterday was the first attempt — gunpowder charge inside the hard disk.
Conclusion? Unsuccessful. The hard drive’s platters were damaged but not shattered. Data still recoverable.
For further research see the HDD Detonator project page. Explosives, chemicals, electrical, magnetic — in the name of security all is fair game.
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