A few months back, we posted a Two Minute Miracle on disposing of your old tec. Since we shot this video, we’ve rolled out a recycling program to help you get rid of your old PCs and other gear, and we’ve had a lot of questions about how to safely destroy data on the hard drive.
I experienced one of the worst feelings a computer owner can have last week. I sat down in front of my main computer and powered the system on. Like most people, I never really pay attention to the boot up process and involve myself with other things until I hear those familiar Microsoft Windows startup chimes. Except this time, there were no chimes. And no familiar Windows desktop waiting for me. Instead, I had a screen with white text informing me that my system could not find a startup disk. “Uh-oh,” I thought, “that’s not good.” I discovered that my Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1 terabyte hard drive was no longer being detected by the system.