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.45 Colt vs .425 Gig

While helping my roommate clean up the basement, I came across several really old hard drives.  I tried using my primative data recovery equipment, but I couldn't even initialize the drives.  They were dead dead dead.  But they still could contain data accessable through more exhaustive means, so I decided to render them permenantly unreadable.  With a vengance!

The first drive was a Conner Peripherals 425 megabyte hard drive.  Yeah, that's an oldie.

The bullet I selected was a .45 Colt Winchester Super-X 255 grain lead-round nose in target/range loading.  The gun is a Taurus "Night Court" Judge with 2.5 inch cylinder and 3 inch barrel.  This was actually the first time I've fired this pistol.

My first shot was a bit wide.  I was firing single-action (that is, cocking the hammer, then aiming and pulling the trigger), and I was caught off-guard at just how light the trigger pull is.  My second shot hit the target perfectly from a distance of about 20 yards.  The bullet pierced the light upper cover, which was ripped clean off by the impact and thrown about 6 feet away.  The bullet severly distorted the drive platter, heavy back casing and circuit board, but failed to penetrate.  If I'd been using a jacketed bullet, it probably would have gone through.  The divot on the platter is nearly an inch across.









I want to try this again with my .30-06 sniper rifle, but I don't have any FMJ ammo, only jacketed soft-points which wouldn't penetrate as well.  Plus the rounds cost almost $1 each.


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deffox
Aug. 28th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Physical destruction is my method of choice too. But I generally use a hammer. A few months ago I thought a laptop drive had metal platters, but they were glass and made more of a mess to clean up.
blazerraccoon
Aug. 29th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see what the slug looked like post-impact.....looks like it mushroomed quite a bit, which is probably why it didn't penetrate.
captpackrat
Aug. 29th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
The bullet was solid lead, so it smooshed pretty flat.
fangwolf57
Aug. 30th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Now that's away to kill a hard drive!
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