How To Destroy Your Laptop In A Pinch

1Attention cyber criminals, subversives, and ne’er-do-wells: place this handy sticker in the correct spot on your computer, just in case. Via DesignTaxi:

Your laptop, with all its sensitive data and/or ill-gotten gains, is about to be confiscated by the authorities, who are banging on the door. There’s no time to reformat it—you’ve got to destroy it, fast. This sticker will help you do just that, provided you’ve a drill by your side. (And which self-respecting cyber criminal wouldn’t?)

Meant to be placed directly above your laptop’s hard disk, the sticker sports a crosshair with which you can accurately destroy any digital evidence the cops are after.

Randy Sarafan, who created the stickers, advises to “research the build of your laptop and locate the position of your hard drive…The hard drive should look like a rectangular box with a centered circle somewhere upon it,” he said.

Stick the sticker’s drill guide slightly off center of the hard drive (see first image below) so that you’ll drill the platters instead of the motor.

32 Comments on "How To Destroy Your Laptop In A Pinch"

  1. Sounds like a nice way to die electrocuted. Imagine: cops outside your door and you do this thing and ZAAAP! the cops will be the last of your problems.

  2. Sounds like a nice way to die electrocuted. Imagine: cops outside your door and you do this thing and ZAAAP! the cops will be the last of your problems.

    • DownWithDumb | Jul 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm |

      Really?!?  There’s not a laptop on the planet that carries enough voltage to electrocute a person.  Nevermind that you’d have to hit the battery instead of the drive for that to even be a consideration _and_ the current would have to arc through your drill (which has significant insulation if you’re not using a handcranked model).

  3. DownWithDumb | Jul 18, 2011 at 11:48 pm |

    Really?!?  There’s not a laptop on the planet that carries enough voltage to electrocute a person.  Nevermind that you’d have to hit the battery instead of the drive for that to even be a consideration _and_ the current would have to arc through your drill (which has significant insulation if you’re not using a handcranked model).

  4. Anonymous | Jul 18, 2011 at 11:50 pm |

    Cool story bro

  5. DigitalVendetta | Jul 19, 2011 at 2:10 am |

    It’s much quicker to just throw it in the microwave and turn it one for 1 min, it fries the platters in just a few seconds lol.

  6. DigitalVendetta | Jul 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm |

    It’s much quicker to just throw it in the microwave and turn it one for 1 min, it fries the platters in just a few seconds lol.

  7. Richard Fields | Jul 19, 2011 at 2:33 am |

    At least he had something useful to say, you cretin.

  8. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 2:45 am |

    cool story bro

  9. Cute and maybe even a good conversation starter, but you’d be better off with a discreet spot of nail polish or sharpie marker. A sticker like that would be prima facia proof of intent to destroy evidence, which could open up a big ugly can of legal worms if something did go down.

    Which reminds me, I should probably go scrape those ‘Car Wars’ Kill Stickers off the old Ford. Ahh… the follies of youth.

  10. Cute and maybe even a good conversation starter, but you’d be better off with a discreet spot of nail polish or sharpie marker. A sticker like that would be prima facie proof of intent to destroy evidence, which could open up a big ugly can of legal worms if something did go down.

    Which reminds me, I should probably go scrape those ‘Car Wars’ Kill Stickers off the old Ford. Ahh… the follies of youth.

    • The_Baffler | Jul 19, 2011 at 12:37 am |

      I had thought something along the same lines. A random looking scuff or scratch would be even more difficult to prove.

  11. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 4:36 am |

    Really cool story bro.

  12. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 4:37 am |

    I had thought something along the same lines. A random looking scuff or scratch would be even more difficult to prove.

  13. Ah….finally some good advice for the budding pedophile pornographer! ……..Not that I am one…….really…….I’m gonna shut up now.  

  14. Ah….finally some good advice for the budding pedophile pornographer! ……..Not that I am one…….really…….I’m gonna shut up now.  

  15. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 6:32 am |

    Why not keep all proprietary information on a solid state USB or Memory Card? You can buy a 64 gig USB for about 100 Bucks just load it with a copy of whatever operating system you prefer set your BIOS to Boot from the Stick and set it to the primary drive. Bam problem solved.

  16. pixelbrine2 | Jul 19, 2011 at 2:32 am |

    Why not keep all proprietary information on a solid state USB or Memory Card? You can buy a 64 gig USB for about 100 Bucks just load it with a copy of whatever operating system you prefer set your BIOS to Boot from the Stick and set it to the primary drive. Bam problem solved.

    • yeah but why pay extra money for something you would likely destroy?  i suppose it is cheaper to destroy a 100 dollar usb stick than drilling into your laptop… i guess you could just run your OS and store all your incriminating evidence online somewhere.. and make sure your computer doesn’t store history.. etc.  I guess if it’s important to keep, you will find a way… or you will get used to losing all information all the time, constantly keeping your work space clean of all evidence.  but obviously hackers have a lot of money to spend on technology to just throw it away.. hollywood has really made a lot of ppl stupid in this way.

  17. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 8:40 am |

    It would take a whole extra 30 seconds to remove the hdd first in most models.

  18. dumbsaint | Jul 19, 2011 at 4:40 am |

    It would take a whole extra 30 seconds to remove the hdd first in most models.

  19. Really!!! A guy that name hinself with “DownWithDumb” and don’t understand the meaning of a joke!!

  20. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

    Who keeps a drill right next to you in case the police want to take your HDD? If you’re that concerned, just encrypt the drive. They can’t get you on destroying evidence with encryption at least.

  21. Who keeps a drill right next to you in case the police want to take your HDD? If you’re that concerned, just encrypt the drive. They can’t get you on destroying evidence with encryption at least.

  22. If they really really wanted the data off of your hard drive, you’d better hope that the drill destroys the exact sectors they are looking for. If not, it is possible for them to retrieve data from a smashed or even melted drive.

  23. If they really really wanted the data off of your hard drive, you’d better hope that the drill destroys the exact sectors they are looking for. If not, it is possible for them to retrieve data from a smashed or even melted drive.

  24. yeah but why pay extra money for something you would likely destroy?  i suppose it is cheaper to destroy a 100 dollar usb stick than drilling into your laptop… i guess you could just run your OS and store all your incriminating evidence online somewhere.. and make sure your computer doesn’t store history.. etc.  I guess if it’s important to keep, you will find a way… or you will get used to losing all information all the time, constantly keeping your work space clean of all evidence.  but obviously hackers have a lot of money to spend on technology to just throw it away.. hollywood has really made a lot of ppl stupid in this way.

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