where is the hd located in the ipad

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by andreak, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. andreak

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    my ipad, not mini, is kaput and i want to drill a hole before i toss it

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  2. LannyC

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    There is no hard drive. It's all RAM. If it still boots, a reset should erase everything. If not, it doesn't matter.
     
  3. giradman

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    Hello - as Lanny stated, iPads do not have spinning HDs but use flash memory (specifically NAND) like SSDs and USB memory sticks - these flash memory modules are small - as an example, the pics below are several from a 'teardown' of a 64 GB iPad Pro (LINK) - the first shows the main electronic chips/storage/etc - the second a zoomed in look w/ the 64 GB Toshiba NAND flash memory unit. So unless you want to do this 'difficult' teardown and remove the storage unit, then you might have to put in a BUNCH of random holes - ;)

    Also, consider recycling the iPad once you erase the contents as suggested - a couple of months ago, I had a 1 TB spinning HD crash (was for Time Machine BUs) - reformatted w/ higher security settings and then drilled a large hole through the drive - in a box now w/ other electronic recyclables - will drop off at Best Buy in the near future. Dave :)
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