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Shooting computers - what with?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MicroBalrog, Jul 18, 2003.

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  1. MicroBalrog

    MicroBalrog member

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    If you wanted to shoot a computer, and needed to obliterate/disable the hard drive beyond recognition, what would you use (assuming a portable weapon, concealable under a trenchcoat or so)?
     
  2. Dave Markowitz

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    Any handgun 9mm or larger should do it. Here's what happens when you introduce Mr. Hard Drive to Mr. M1 Carbine:

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    :evil:
     
  3. MicroBalrog

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    Yeah, but that's a hard drive that was outside the PC when it was shot, right?

    I wonder what happens when you try to shoot through a PC, trying to hit the hard drive. Won't 9mm fragment?
     
  4. Silent Bob

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    Me and my friend shot one with his S&W .44 Magnum. The damage to the hard drive wasn't all that impressive.
     
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    Thermite grenades. I'm not sure what round you could shoot into the case and reliably destry the hard drive. If you had time to remove the hard drive to shoot it, you'd have time to dispose of it any way you like and wouldn't need to shoot it.

    Several years ago we were taking a class on some new software the PD had adopted to interface with the enhanced 911 stuff. (supposedly to cut down on the telecommunicators and the officers entering duplicate data, didn't work out well) The second night while on patrol we stopped in at the computer store and the manager gave us a monitor out of his dumpster. We took it to the range and shot it. I can personally verify that Winchester 115 gr 9mm +P+ (duty load at the time) will not penetrate all the way through a monitor.

    We took the monitor back to the class room at the PD and replaced the working monitor with it. The look on the instructor's face the next morning when he came in and thought that one of us really did shoot the computer out of frustration was priceless :cool:

    Jeff
     
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    Even through the PC you should be ok. The case of the computer isn't strong enough to stop a 9mm or larger from penetrating the HDD. We have shot up many computers and monitors using 9mm to 7.62x39 to Shotgun slug. Actually, we used .22lr as well, worked real well for case mod applications, but prolly wouldn't penetrate a HDD. You're going to have a hard time hitting that HDD consistently while it is in the case since it will prolly be obstructed from your view. Have fun killing that poor defenseless machine!!! :D
     
  8. MicroBalrog

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    Synoptic: I do suspect that in most PC's the HDD's are located in similar location.

    My choice rounds currently (pure theory, I don't have a gun):

    either:

    TT-39 with 7.62*25mm's

    OR

    Glock-19 with a 33-round magazine.
     
  9. Shalako

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    I suggest a high capacity Benelli M1 with 3" magnum #6 shot as fast as you can pull the trigger.

    Always wear eye protection as the chips would be flying, so to speak!
     
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    remington 11/87, tube extension and 10 + 1 of #2 buck oughta be more than adequit. i once had a link to a site called macintrashin. com (no the actual link, lost it) that showed creative ways to destroy future skynet drones.
     
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    9mm will take care of it, though 7.62X25 from a CZ-24 is more fun.:D
     
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    Looks like frodo had a compaq with that drive :D and something somewhat old...few years atleast. here at work we have no less than about 50 of fujistu drives just begging to be taken to the range since we cant get rid of them

    pistol rounds dont go to well with computer hardware. now a 7.62x54r...oh yea :D
     
  14. MicroBalrog

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    Would an AK in 7.62mm do the job?
     
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    I can verify that a .22LR will not penetrate through the platters of a hard drive (well, they well if you hit the same place 4+ times).

    A Shotgun is going to be your best bet, though they are a little difficult to conceal under clother. That being said, any handgun round 9mm and above should be more than sufficient. The only real trick is actually hitting the drive while it is still inside the computer... not all manufacturers mount the drive in the same place.
     
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    Why does weapon have to be concealable? Is someone still using it? I would think a shotgun blast or three would do the trick quite nicely.
     
  17. MicroBalrog

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    I'm struggling with a short story...
     
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    Oh, yeah! Hehehe. :D
     
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    It might be easiest just use a compact SMG, then. Something like a MAC10 or micro-UZI or something.
     
  20. MicroBalrog

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    "Is this an NFA legal machinegun?"

    "I don't know, Mrs. NFA Database Maintenance-Person..." - aims at registry computer - BLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM - "Guess we'll never really find our, Mrs. Maintenance Person".:evil:
     
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    Personally, I'd dispense with the firearm (save the ammo in case someone protests the machine's destruction).

    Any serious damage to the platters will disable a hard drive sufficiently to pretty much obliterate the data. I vote for a 5 pound sledge. First couple hits to knock the case apart and get a free line of sight to the drive bay and then deliver a few strokes to the hard drive.

    I really like Jeff White's thermite grenade idea, though.

    I love the smell of burned electronics in the morning. Smells like secure data.
     
  22. Brian Williams

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    Make sure the Monitor is on cause it causes the CRT to implode when it is. if it is off the projectiles just punch thru the glass but when a CRT is on whoohooo! its shatters the whole tube. I had a harddrive I shot thru with a LRN 45 acp pushed by 6Gr of 231 that cracked the frame and knocked the platters off but did not penetrate thru the platters.

    .357's do a nice job on both CRT's and Harddrives.

    A Marlin 1894cp in 357 16.5 barrel 8 shots, trim the stock to a 10" or an 11" pull, I would think it would be quite concealable under a trenchcoat. Load the thing with some 170gr Corbons......


    If I wanted to do it quietlike I would get a Ruger 10/22 with a internally supressed barrel and some Ramline 50 round mags with a Ramline folding stock.
     
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    If your purpose is to make the data irrecoverable, shooting the PC is a poor way to go about it. Take the hard drive out of the computer and blow the !@#$ out of it to be sure.

    Depending on how paranoid you are, the only truly safe way to dispose of a hard drive is to melt it down. According to some people I know who specialize in forensic data recovery, "Short of melting down the hard drive, recovering data is just a matter of how much money you're willing to spend."

    Me, I'm not that paranoid. I have about 20 old servers I just replaced that are sitting in a storeroom. Before I get rid of them I'll pull out all of the hard drives (they're in removable enclosures) and mix them up so that the RAID-5 arrays are thoroughly disrupted. Then I'll boot them up and reinitialize the array before I give them over to whoever is going to take them off my hands.

    If you're just wanting to eff it up, have fun with it. Take rour biggest baddest blaster to it. Multiple times.
     
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    Cordex beat me to it. I was going to suggest one not fool around with a firearm (which would be sloppy, extremely noisy and possibly a serious hazard to others) and get the fire axe from down the hall.

    A couple two-three whacks and you'll see the hard drive. Couple whacks more and the spin is gone.

    I used to have a pet fire axe named "Igor" (long I). Solved a multitude of minor problems.
     
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    short story heh?

    Cool.


    I have used 9mm and up, favorite of course is the .45ACP, then we have used fuel to burn them, then buried. Can I play?

    " He pulled his Caspian 1911 in 9x23, knowing where the HDD was...after the shots he poured the lighter fluid...using the book of matches next to the candles he lit a smoke,then lit the book and tossed toward the HP...pulled the door closed with his hankerchief...it was still cold ,damp and raining as he strolled to her rental Camry...he got in gave her a nod...she waited for the light to change, checked the rearview...took an abrupt left turn instead of straight..."
     
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