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Adam Lanza's Hard Drive Damaged Beyond Repair? Motive for Shooting Hidden
Christian Post ^ | 12/18/12 | Brittney Villalva

Posted on 12/18/2012 7:00:28 AM PST by KansasGirl

Adam Lanza's hard drive, which was found destroyed in his Connecticut home, may be beyond repair police say, leaving them at a loss to explain the shooter's motive.

When police first discovered the tainted hard drive, they believed that it could serve as a key piece of evidence in discovering why a 20-year-old man would terrorize an elementary school filled with children. It appears, however, that the shooter did not want his motive unveiled.

"The computer's hard drive appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screw driver," law enforcement authorities told ABC News on Monday. Two other sources reported to a local Connecticut paper that the hard drive had been in pieces.

"He was eliminating [investigators'] ability to figure out what websites he had gone to or who he might have been communicating with," one investigator told Yahoo.

The little information that police do have confirms that Lanza was an avid player of violent video games.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: adamlanzacomputer; newtown; sandyhookshooting
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To: Texas Fossil

we had a hard drive die on a dell pc. since the computer was at the time fairly new we contacted dell for a new one. now this hard drive had financial info etc. on it and we refused to give it back to Dell (they gave us a hard time about it but finally relented)

anyway we did a ton of research on how to destroy a hard drive and it is not easy... my husband works in a hospital and honestly the best way is to bring it with you into the MRI room as the (very powerful) magnet will erase all the data
either that or a hydraulic press.

regarding ISP addresses and such my understanding is there are some pretty sophisticated ways to hide where you are going...especially amongst the computer savvy kids ( like Adam apparently was) who may decide to go to some very bad places like the deep web ( incidentally a whole FBI unit is dedicated to monitoring the deep web.)

I wonder if they are looking there for prior activity to look for others who may be similarly inclined

61 posted on 12/18/2012 8:02:32 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: 6ppc
Yup...loosen it up a bit. Any time I take a pc to recycle I take a sledge hammer to the hard drive first. I guarantee no one will be recovering data from those drives. Doesn't take a lot to make it unrecoverable.

Because I have heard so much about "destroyed" HDDs still being recoverable, I never throw mine away. I keep the HDDs and discard the rest.

62 posted on 12/18/2012 8:03:25 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: EEGator

Like everything else with this case... I do not believe anything until I get definitive proof. Rush stated that EVERYTHING reported within the first 24 hours was all lies.


63 posted on 12/18/2012 8:06:47 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: MortMan

And was it a hammer or screwdriver, and why can’t forensics tell the difference?


There is only one obvious reaction to this. Ban all hammers and screwdrivers.

64 posted on 12/18/2012 8:07:17 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Little Ray

A forensic psychologist dismissed the idea that this guy wanted the attention—and that holds true for many others he’s investigated. They are just so messed up mentally and do often commit suicide as a result. Just throwing it out there.

65 posted on 12/18/2012 8:08:03 AM PST by sarasota
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To: LibLieSlayer

Just call NSA, they have a copy on file somewhere.

66 posted on 12/18/2012 8:08:39 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Red Badger
Eventually the entire truth will surface... or maybe not... I thought about Benghazi and we know very little truth about that. Trust no one... until we KNOW the truth... everything is suspect.


67 posted on 12/18/2012 8:08:54 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: KansasGirl
Question and answer found in on-line chat room:

How can I destroy the drives with the least monetary / material requirements?

You've pretty much ruled out the most common and easiest ways to physically destroy your data, but that being said, you still have two routes that are fairly inexpensive.

Physically Destroy The Drive Platters: Go to your local hardware store, and buy a cheap $5 hammer. Smash hard drive until you are satisfied that the platters have even been warped or somehow deformed. Make this step easier by adding in a small screwdriver set if you don't want to smash the HDD case as well.

[Source: Ask Question: Destroy a hard drive without proper equipment ]

68 posted on 12/18/2012 8:09:12 AM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: LibLieSlayer


69 posted on 12/18/2012 8:09:16 AM PST by Obadiah (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I understand your skepticism. It’s hard to say if it were lies, or just news outlets rushing to be the first to report details without fact checking first. Hopefully we’ll find out all the true details.

70 posted on 12/18/2012 8:09:44 AM PST by EEGator
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To: KarlInOhio

Solid State Disks rely on a number of parameters to function properly. Each chip works in concert with the rest to provide contiguous storage. If you break or magnetically interfere with a single chip, you interrupt the storage circuit and data loss occurs. With a large enough magnet or EMP generated from simple static electricity, you could easily destroy a SSD.

As far as spinning disk, you are correct. Destroy the platters, you destroy the storage. If platters are intact, even if they’re scratched, SOME data can be recovered.

71 posted on 12/18/2012 8:13:31 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
It would be the opposite of that.

He probably dismantled the metal enclosure with a torx screw driver and then bent the platters inside by hitting them with a hammer.

72 posted on 12/18/2012 8:15:03 AM PST by nitzy (You can avoid reality but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
He smashed it with a hammer to get access to the platters, and scarred the platters with a screwdriver.

A few months back I did about the same thing to a couple of hard drives I'd taken out of an old computer. Used a hammer, screwdriver and pliers to break the metal housing open and then to cut and scratch the disc before throwing it away.

Some are looking for far too much meaning in the sentence that mentions a "hammer or a screwdriver". Most likely just sloppy writing and reporting, which has been incredibly plentiful since this terrible story broke.

73 posted on 12/18/2012 8:16:31 AM PST by Will88
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To: Mouton
Yeah... uh huh... the government no longer releases information... look at hildebeast and how easy it was for her to avoid testifying about Benghazi. We only are fed agenda driven propaganda.


74 posted on 12/18/2012 8:19:16 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: Lou L
But, everyone has been saying he was so incompetent, and mentally disturbed that he need help, yet he could/would plan to destroy the HD and was even concerned about the contents of it even though he was gonna KILL people?

Lol. I dunno, perhaps it was the mom who came across the kids porn or something similar and was tired of it and did this. That could have pissed of the kid and then he went Benghazi on people.

Dunno, but some people wanna go down conspiracy road.

75 posted on 12/18/2012 8:19:36 AM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: exit82

LE has had that hard drive since Friday.

Of course the info on the computer was damaging to the Left.

If there was anything relating to conservatism, religion, the Constitution or the Tea Party, that data would have already been shoved down our throats.

Again, LE has had it since Friday. Plenty of time to make sure NOTHING comes from it.

Just another sick, LIBERAL whacko...nothing to see here.

76 posted on 12/18/2012 8:20:13 AM PST by LadyBuck (You want to know the best thing about Z-land? No- no Facebook status updates.)
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To: Obadiah

The truth is out there... not in print or on TV but it is out there.


77 posted on 12/18/2012 8:20:20 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: FatherofFive

Destruction of the computer was done with the same anger that he used to shoot his mother in the face while she was in bed. Same anger that motivated him to murder teachers and children.
Same anger (and despair?)that led to suicide.

78 posted on 12/18/2012 8:21:36 AM PST by sarasota
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To: LibLieSlayer

This has since been debunked.

79 posted on 12/18/2012 8:22:36 AM PST by sarasota
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To: KansasGirl

I was involved in writing the first DOD declassification software for hard drives.

I can say that even if the platters are physically damaged, some data can be recovered. It’s expensive though... Very expensive.

80 posted on 12/18/2012 8:27:33 AM PST by babygene ( .)
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