How to Destroy My Laptop

Written by larry amon
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How to Destroy My Laptop
A drill can do a lot to destroy a laptop. (drill image by Vladislav Gajic from

Destroying your laptop is something you usually want to avoid, but there are some cases in which destruction is a necessary or desired outcome. Typically, it's for security reasons. To destroy data you can wipe your drive with software or you can focus on destroying the hard drive physically, but if you have technical secrets built in to your laptop or you just want to make sure no one can ever use your laptop again, you can destroy the rest of it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Drill

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    Wipe your hard drive. Though you can destroy the drive physically, wiping the drive is still a smart idea to be safe. You don't need to wipe the drive if you are physically destroying it but it does provide an extra level of security. Purchase a wiping program that can wipe multiple times over one drive. Install it on your computer. Run the program and it will overwrite all your hard drive data with meaningless ones and zeros.

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    Unscrew every part of your laptop that you can. Remove the panels on the back. Pull out the memory and the hard drive. The hard drive is a small rectangular object that is about half an inch thick. You may want to keep the memory because no information can be permanntly written on this hardware and as soon as the laptop is off no data remains.

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    Use a drill with a strong bit to drill several holes through the drive. Make sure you go through the middle of the drive in several places. Drill through the keyboard and screen as well. You can destroy your laptop further with a hammer and your imagination. Soaking the parts in water will also help to keep the laptop parts from being used again.

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