I was going to suggest that. Try one first. It really gives some kewl
visual effects. (Google for it; for some reason, there are *hundreds* of
web pages out there dealing with the subject of nuking CDs.)
Who needs a junta or a dictatorship when you have a Congress
blowing Wall Street, using the media as a condom?
For yourself, or for a client? If there is HIPPA info on them, your
client's insurance company/lawyers may prefer you take them to a
commercial destruction facility, so they have a report in the file if
they get audited. But if it is your own stuff, a metal container and
acetone or even gasoline, should work fine. Production destruction of
DVDs, with audit trail, is done by disk duplicator from hell. It has a
cutting head, and shaves down the metallized side, but leaves the s/n of
disk on the hub legible, so it can be logged as destroyed, by 2 people.
Costs a whole lot of money, but works very fast on a couple hundred
disks per hopper load. I wouldn't run them through a consumer-grade
shredder. Sure, it'll do a few, but it is a hell of a stress on the
teeth. If you only have a few, get out the tin snips, but wear gloves
and goggles. Those shards are sharp.
Me, I just scratch them and snap them. But then again, the stuff I throw
out, every 5 years or so, isn't likely to interest people who can
reconstruct quarter-circle sections of the data tracks with a laser
scanner and reassemble the whole pile into meaningful data.
I take a pair of bandage shears (or compound action tin
snips). Cut at radius to the disk, take about 1/3 of the
disk out. Throw out the 1/3 of the disk in this weeks trash.
Throw 1/3 in next week's trash. Throw the other third in the
trashbin when you stop to gas up, next time.
Only an Act of God will then recover the data.
With all due respect to everyone, why does anyone think he is important
enough that someone else would go out of their away to retrieve his data
from dvd's that have not been mutilated enough? It's not going to happen.
"Sects, sects, sects! That\'s all you religion majors ever think about."
-- Garth Snyder
The NIST link above (gleaned) "Optical mass storage media, including
compact disks (CD, CD-RW, CD-R, CD-ROM), optical disks (DVD), and
magneto-optic (MO) disks must be destroyed by pulverizing,"
Some government agencies require "old/dead hard drives" be sent to
"central office" for degaussing, before destruction.
Me! I think of Thermite...
That is because when the head flies over the hole it crashes. Usually
just opening one up and hitting the platter with a hammer does a dandy
Unless you have NSA hacking your drive, any of the data security erase
programs will work. They write alternating 1s and 0s across the entire
surface several times alternating them. I think 7 is the guv'mint
standard for "gone".
The casual hacker is stopped simply by formatting the drive and then
overwriting it with small garbage files until it is full. A simple DOS
batch file will do that.
As the OP I'd like to thank all you guys
for the suggestions, serious and
otherwise. I took a pair of snips from
my garage and cut all the DVDs in half.
One half of each of them was then
deposited into a smelly and moist
dumpster behind a seafood restaurant,
and the other half were placed in the
trash bin at a Walmart about 20 miles
away. Task completed. Thanks again.
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