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Thermite Destruction of Hard Drive Answered

There are many ways to get rid of the data on a hard drive, but igniting thermite on top of it is probably the most extreme and ridiculously secure.

Here, the thermite is set in a clay pot over a computer case and ignited from below to demonstrate a method where you'd want to destroy everything... right away! You know, because you're a super-spy and stuff and the other guys could break in at any time while you're surfing the web.



Thermite hard drive destruction
via Gizmodo

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REA
REA

11 years ago

hmm... this would be good if the FBI come around.

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purduecer
purduecer

11 years ago

This is a good instructable, and a fun video to watch, but I find myself needing to ask: With none of the source material generated by Fungus, how is this not stealing? Thanks, Purduecer

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 11 years ago

This isn't an instructable, this is a forum topic. We talk about the video, site, or random theme or thought. The source is right under the video. It says: Thermite hard drive destruction via Gizmodo This means that this was originally found on Gizmodo, and is now being talked about here. In no way is it stealing.

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purduecer
purduecer

Reply 11 years ago

ah, pardon me, I somehow missed that it was a forum topic *silly me*

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 11 years ago

It happens to everyone!

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MadVegetarian
MadVegetarian

11 years ago

Why, back in my day, we'd just have used a magnifying glass...

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nevarxxxraven
nevarxxxraven

12 years ago

tats what cause the world trade centers to go down so fast and spread. thermite wasnt in the planes but spread and hinden within the buildings. crazy how just anybody can grab ahold of this unstoppable destruction.

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Scotian
Scotian

Reply 11 years ago

Much more crazy are the people who believe that thermite had anything to do with that. What color is the sky in your world?

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iBurn
iBurn

Reply 11 years ago

BS

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comodore
comodore

11 years ago

I L0V3 TH3RM!T3!!!! I love when Mythbusters use it!

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

Now THAT'S effective...

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ubr.bzkr
ubr.bzkr

Reply 11 years ago

my friend and I always had the idea of hooking up an old pay as you go cell phone up to some sort of ignitor to light up some thermite. you would put it on top of your hard drive and other important components so when the FBI come around you call your extra phone and BOOM the whole computer goes up in flames. its kinda like those cell phone activated IEDs in Iraq.

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ubr.bzkr
ubr.bzkr

Reply 11 years ago

you just gotta hope someone doesn't call your phone on accident by dialing the wrong number. mabe you could have two old cell phones in there. one would turn on the other, so that you could call the second one that just got turned on by the other phone to ignite the thermite. it would be like a digital safety with a code to arm and a code to fire!

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AnarchistAsian
AnarchistAsian

Reply 11 years ago

eh, magnets leave less evidence...

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goeon
goeon

Reply 12 years ago

lol

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Nunhumper
Nunhumper

12 years ago

Thermite is awesome.

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santy22
santy22

12 years ago

ok... it gets destroyed, but you dont get the shiny mirrory platters and the magnets!

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westfw
westfw

12 years ago

So all we need to do is package some thermite in a package the same form factor as a 3.5 inch drive, and make it software-fireable via the computer power. You could mount it above your normal drive(s) in your PC, and in an emergency you press the panic button and reduce things to slag. You could sell a ton of them to [censored]. There does seem to be some disagreement on the legality of making/selling/owning thermite, but the most liberal interpretation is that it's not even considered "hazmat" because of the difficulty of ignition. (now, the IGNITOR would be a bit of a problem...)

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comander01
comander01

Reply 12 years ago

Just use some magnesium ribbon.

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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

Reply 12 years ago

only if the FBI breaks down your door

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westfw
westfw

Reply 12 years ago

BATFE is the one in charge of the ignitor :-)

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=SMART=
=SMART=

12 years ago

lol "guaranteed eniliation in under 5 seconds !"

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

annihilation

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=SMART=
=SMART=

Reply 12 years ago

spell check dosent have it lol

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

12 years ago

Very nice! I especially enjoyed the melty bits.

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gmoon
gmoon

12 years ago

Cool. Sending this to my buddy; he's is a mech engineer who's co. used thermite for welding operations (mining and rail.) Using the terra cotta pot to direct the reaction is awesome...

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lordofthedonuts
lordofthedonuts

12 years ago

Now I just need to make a circuit that ignite a thermite charge if you enter the wrong password a given number of time. xD

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Rishnai
Rishnai

12 years ago

Besides my initial reaction of "Wow that is so cool!" your antics have made me wonder what brand/model camera you have. I like its reaction to fire.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

Actually, allow me to be more specific: does anyone know what sort of camera was used, or happen to own a camera that can properly lightmeter fire?

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Sharku
Sharku

12 years ago

those drives must of had some important files........ and someone isnt giving me it XD

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Pumpkin$
Pumpkin$

Reply 12 years ago

neccesary........no FUN........... HECK YA! (but i like to steal parts off of it XD)