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Subject: Re: Hard Drive Zapping
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Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 21:16:58 GMT
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You must have some interesting stuff on your hd to go to those kind of
extremes. On a practical note, when thermite burns it creates a molten slag
at something like 5 to 6 thousand degrees. Isuggest that you be very
careful with it as not only could you set the house ( or whatever the
building is ) on fire but the magnesium would provide it's own oxygen source
and continue to burn even exposed to high pressure fire hoses. I've seen
pictures of Thermite being used to weld subway and rairoad rails together.
This is some potentially nasty sh_t. Be really careful if you decide to use
it. I would suggest a test in an unpopulated area under as similiar
conditions as possible.
"Mark Fergerson" wrote in message
> Reagan Thomas wrote:
> > Hobbyist wrote:
> > >
> > > Mark L. Fergerson wrote:
> > >
> > > > Thermite sounds better and better. Oh,
> > > > and you don't buy it, you make it.
> > >
> > > OK. I'll bite. How do you make Thermite? I had been avoiding the
> > > explosion idea because being "ready" would mean spending many hours
> > > with explosive material in fairly close proximity (and in a very
> > > electrostaticly active environment). I don't think I'll mention this
> > > "little test" to my wife either (that too could be explosive).
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Hobbyist
> > I saw a thermite recipe a while back that called for an 8:3 ratio by
> > weight of iron rust and aluminum (aluminium) filings. That mixture
> > has to be ignited by something hot, like a burning strip of magnesium.
> The cite I gave specifies materials
> and ignition temperatures and a couple
> different methods. There's more than one
> way to skin that particular wildcat.
> Also I want to stress that thermites
> are _not_ explosives; they just burn
> very, very hot once you get them lit,
> which ain't all that likely to occur
> accidentally. Another thing is that you
> want to calculate how much heat (not
> just temperature) you need to destroy
> the drive, and make up just enough
> thermite to do the job. Otherwise you
> have excess thermite melting its way
> through the bottom of the drive bay,
> your floor, whatever/whoever's below,
> etc. You also will have all sorts of
> nasty fumes.
> > I have not verified the accuracy of this method, so you're on your own.
> I'm not telling. ;>)
> Mark L. Fergerson
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