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Crashed computer- what memory parts do we extract?

Saw info on fixya in AARP Magazine.
Harddrive fried. Very old, early 90s (has floppy not flashdrive port).
I need to extract the memory for future use before disposal.
Which parts do I remove?
What do they look like?
How can I be sure everything is out and someone receiving the harddrive can't access old data?
I've opened it and can see green cards, wires etc so, I'm ready to extract the memory components. How?

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  • drligeia Mar 12, 2009

    To extract the memory for future use before disposal.
    1. Which parts do I remove?
    2. What do they look like? I don't know component names.
    How can I be sure everything is out and someone receiving the harddrive can't access old data?
    3. To extract the memory components. How?

  • drligeia Mar 12, 2009


    You asked, "I don't understand you rating me like that. at all. I have told you three different methods to totally destroy the data. Was that not you question?"


    It wasn't my question at all.

    I didn't want to destroy my data.

    I wanted to get my data for future use.

    I asked, quote, "I need to extract the memory for future use before disposal."

    I also asked for info on what those parts look like.

    Finally, after getting my data out for future use, not destruction. I wanted then to ensure nothing was accidently left on the disposable carcass.

    As I clearly stated that I wanted to extract the memory for future use, it should be very, very clear why I rated your 3 ways to destroy the data I needed as inappropriate.


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The memory (Ram )disappears as soon as the computer is shut off. The ram chip are likely the old and alowtype 100 mhz. But you push the clips down and the memory strips pup up off of the board..   The data that you are refering too is all on the hard driver that you said was fried.I  f you take  it out,you can either destroy the disks inside mechanically. Place a large magnet over then and magnetically erace them or open it up and heat the plates with a torch. Any of those methods with make a nonfunctioning drive nonrecoverable. 

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  • Thomas F. Schneider Mar 12, 2009

    I don't understand you rating me like that. at all. I have told you three different methods to totally destroy the data. Was that not you question? the hard driver itself is black with a metal coveron the top. It has a label .It is usually mounted with four screws two on each side. It wil have either a ribbon , usually gray in color, attached to it and a power lead for the power supply.  After you remove it , it has a printed circuit board on the bottom side. Size is aproximately 4inches wide by 6 inches long by 7/8 inches deep. It is usually located toward the front of the case.  What more can anone tell you ? You have given no make and no model. All anyone can possibally answer is No specifics. 

  • Thomas F. Schneider Mar 12, 2009

    "Harddrive fried"

    Their are very expensive ways to remove data from a damaged hard driver.
    These services are call DATA RECOVERY SERVICES. Nothing anyone does for themselves. Your second part of the question that caused confusion.
    Once the hard driver is removed then their is no data left on the comuter.
      I feel sorry for you old man. So mean spirited toward people doing you a favor and trying to help .My answer matched the second part of you question completely. You should not have asked the second part had you not wanted to know.  I am willing to bet that  you have never answering any of these questions to help anyone in a similar situation. 
    Good luck getting anyone else to answer after the way you slammed my attempt to help you.    


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