The drive in my HTPC failed and I'm going to RMA it. Nothing unusual about that, but with this one I can't find a way to access it for data erasure prior to shipping, and that bothers me. The system partition doesn't contain anything too sensitive...that I remember, but it does have additional partitions that do have material that I want to eliminate first. The drive isn't properly recognized by the BIOS or OS. According to Disk Management, it is uninitialized, but when trying to initialize it, it pops an I/O error dialog. Short of taking a hammer to it, is there a way to erase the drive prior to RMAing? EDIT: I found some degaussing machines that aught to work, but they look as though they would cost far more than a new drive. Isn't there a way a person can accomplish this cheaply at home? EDIT: Thinking further on this, degaussing just means using a magnet. The questions that remain are how strong of a magnet would be necessary, and if using a magnet might cause any damage that would void the warranty?