What I will do with my old, old hard drive.
I have a Hewlett-Packard windows 98. Just as soon as I acquire a new PC, I will take my trusty old sledge-hammer to my HP.
One, I figure it is the quickest and most thorough way to eliminate all traces of info remaining on the hard drive.
Two, because Hewlet-Packard's rebate program sucks big-time. I own several HP items and have mailed in several receipts & completed rebate forms to receive advertised rebates on various items. I am a very meticulous person in completing all the necessary steps to receive rebates and have always received them from other companies.
But, NEVER, NEVER have I ever been able to receive even one promised rebate from Hewlett Packard. I do, however, receive a letter advising me that they have received my rebate request. They always state that my submissions did not include original qualifying UPCs. This is their favorite response. I always make copies for my records to prove what I submitted to them, but, by then the rebate time has "expired" (according to HP). This is a big-time "cop-out" on HP's part and has convinced me that I no longer need to purchase their products. Why waste stamps sending for rebates you will never receive? SO, I intend to bash my 5 year old hard drive into at least a zillion pieces and forward it to HP along with my "original" UPC code and copy of my original receipt of purchase and wait and see if I still get their "standard letter of denial of rebate". I will buy my next PC from a company who practices honorable and fair consumer protocol.
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