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Remove data from a bad hard drive

Dell wants me to return the bad drive. it's not bootable. can i bring it into a best buy store for de-mag?

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You can, or you can save your money and do it yourself by using a speaker in your car. Open the trunk of your car and you will see the bottom of the speakers that are in the rear window deck, the cone of the speaker has a rather strong magnet on it. Stick the hard drive on it for an hour or so, and if you want to be thurough, you can flip it over and let it bake on the other side for another hour or so. The trunk speakers in most cars have a strong enough magnet to scramble if not completely erase a hard drive. I've seen laptops that have issues after their owner threw them up in the back window while driving around and left them for a while. Those speakers have a pretty good magnetic fields. I discovered this when a young lady brought me her laptop to be reloaded, because her now X had stuck her laptop to the speakers in the trunk because the magnet would hold it upside down and that was cool (IDIOT). The young lady was a nursing student at a local college with a ton of unrecoverable data and class work on her laptop.

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