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I know very little about hardware to software relationships, but is it possible to write a program that rapidly moves the hard drive head across the platter at a speed and force that would scratch the platter?

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This isn't really related to Ubuntu. Perhaps it would fit one of the other StackExchange sites better? –  James Henstridge Mar 31 '12 at 9:28
    
I heard Steve Gibson on Security now talking about stuff that would irrecoverably break a drive. You don't want to talk to Linux folks in general but to hard drive experts/hackers. Those folks that gave speeches at various hacking/development conferences like Black Hat, Defcon, Chaos Communication Congress or Linux Developer Summit to name a few. But don't confront them like "I don't know much about this stuff, could you explain please?". –  LiveWireBT Mar 31 '12 at 11:08
    
This is off-topic for us, however you might find a answer over on Server Fault or Information Security. –  jrg Mar 31 '12 at 12:54
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closed as off topic by James Henstridge, jokerdino, jrg Mar 31 '12 at 12:54

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