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Does the US Secret Police not approve of your art? Are you a media artist who has gotten on the bad side of a private multinational corporation? Perhaps your government does not approve of the open source co-working tool that you host? Or maybe, you are simply just a troublemaker? Any which way, when Big Brother comes a-knockin’ on your door wanting to steal your computer, you need a contingency plan.

This informative little sticker will help guide you towards the quickest methodology of seriously damaging your laptop hard drive during that moment of urgency.

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First of all, you will need to download one of these contingency plan sticker files. I recommend printing a full sheet and sharing them with friends and family:
Single Sticker
Sticker Sheet

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Print out the file onto transparent adhesive full sheet labels.

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Cut your sticker to size.

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Research the build of your laptop and locate the position of your hard drive. You can use iFixit teardowns to locate the position of your hard drive in most popular laptop makes and models. The hard drive should look like a rectangular box with a centered circle somewhere upon it. In this case, it is in the bottom left corner.

(above photo courtesy of ifixit.com)

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Adhere the sticker to your laptop such that the circular drill guide is positioned above your hard drive, but slightly off from the hard drive’s center. If you center it above where the hard drive should be, you might accidentally drill through the drive’s motor instead of the platters.

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If need be, and you are in a hurry, you can drill through the marked spot with a 1/4″ drill bit. If you have a minute on your hands, you may want to consider drilling an 1/8″ pilot hole and following up with a larger 3/8″ hole. If you have a couple of minutes on your hand, you may want to drill multiple holes.

Possible, alternate methods include sawing through the center of the sticker with a Sawzall or angle grinder.


COMMENTS

  1. Now with moar speeling!

  2. Drahflow says:

    Don’t do it like this. If you-know-who comes a-knockin’, he’ll probably not let you drill for long.

    Doing it right: Encrypt the drive.
    Doing it very right: Also glue the BIOS + RAM to the board, set BIOS password -> byebye cold-boot attack.

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  4. Mags says:

    and to take things down a couple of levels, it would be a great design for panties or boxers.

    A crass, but amusing way to promote the site.

  5. Apparently in Alabama actually doing that would be an admission of guilt to whatever they might decide to charge you with:

    http://www.cunninghambounds.com/resources/wirtes/spoilation.html

  6. SeanB says:

    Won’t do a damn thing. The DOD can extract data off of fragments of Hard Drives 1mm in size.

    You can put your HDD in a shredder and they can still get data off it.

  7. nycomputerguy2005 says:

    why drill through the screen, the sticker should be place is the right spot on the palmrest????

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  12. jet says:

    Agree with the above, a drill isn’t nearly enough. The Army used to (maybe still does?) use thermite for this sort of thing.

    Encrypt the drive (OSX has this built in) and refuse to hand over the password and hope Apple didn’t do key escrow with the feds.

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  17. Mischief says:

    Would degaussing work? How about immersion in salt water? Physical destruction of HD disks will not prevent reassembly unless the data + FAT is altered. Virtual reassembly of tiny pieces would be straight forward. Comments anyone?

  18. sax says:

    I think its more of a case of no duh it won’t *really* work.. but it makes a good point in relation to recent events and the future of this sort of thing you know everyone should have some contingency plan, its like those in case of fire etc..

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  20. Jesco says:

    Bonus points if the drive is spinning when you drill. Also, those who think one pass of writing zeros /low-level formatting /DBAN a drive won’t permanently make the data unrecoverable are misinformed. Google “The Great Zero Challenge”. Caveat emptor, the drill method won’t work with a solid state drive found in many newer computers.

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  22. Mr S. Tyroo says:

    I love the combination of replies. Broadly, of course, in two camps, those that understand the joke, and those that dont.

    Get with it people – this is meant as a bit of fun!!!

  23. Mikey says:

    Well said mr tyroo – some of those that have commented are so far divorced from reality that they cant see this as the joke that it so blatently is.

  24. thom says:

    throw the laptop in the microwave?

  25. thom says:

    I get the joke but it’s still amusing and potentially useful information for people to have when disposing of hardware that may contain personal info.

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  30. Fred Flintstone says:

    To Mr S. Tyroo, et al: Once again, Randy’s sense of humor falls flat on its face.

  31. Justin says:

    This is a BAD idea. If you don’t believe me ask Mr. Hicks who was sentenced to 37 months for destroying his hard drive and impeding the investigation of Federal Child porn investigators. His sentence was upheld by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
    http://volokh.com/2011/07/18/destroying-hard-drive-leads-to-conviction-for-obstructing-federal-investigation/

  32. tudza says:

    Why not just drill your brain? Let’s see them take your corpse to trial.

  33. James Li says:

    For those of you not wedded to Apple products and have some reason to be paranoid, consider getting a notebook computer with a removable hard drive. For example, by removing one screw, the hard drive for the larger Lenovo notebooks can be pulled out, put into one’s pocket, and taken somewhere else for safekeeping/destruction.

  34. h4do says:

    not really a good idea …

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  37. Anony Mouse says:

    One word: TrueCrypt
    Encrypt your drives with it and choose a random relatively long password.
    Works better then the drill.
    If “they come” for your digital assets just reset your PC and use your right “to say nothing”.
    You should make a sticker that says “Encrypted – F’ Off Big Brother!”

  38. Laura says:

    Hilarious! Anything that smacks of defiance is a plus in my book. Privacy is golden.

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  40. phill says:

    store and access any Sensitive infomation on a remonte computer, make sure you have some kind of password or destory the link to the control interface.

    this is faster and less messy, plus it dosnet look like you been suspicious scene you did’nt had to destory or encrypt your data

    Tip: to do this process with a click of a button, Compile a Bat that uses the Cmd.

  41. tony says:

    what about kepping your important information on a SD card since they are alot easier to destroy and they can hold up to 64GB

    http://www.centecequipment.com

  42. dan says:

    how about release early, release often?

    true digital privacy is sort of like snipe hunting…

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  44. tyler says:

    Magnates how do they work?

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