Best way to destroy cd-r disks?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by rblewis, Dec 8, 2005.

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  1. rblewis

    rblewis Guest

    Anyone have any good ways to destroy cd-r disks? Is just simply smashing them with a hammer the best way to go? It would be nice if there is some way to overwrite them first though but I don't know how because they are cd-r and not cd-rw. Thanks for any help.
  2. bigbuck

    bigbuck Registered Member

    oxy-acetylene works quite well.......C4 would probably do the job too! ;)
  3. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

    Microwave oven
  4. Infinity

    Infinity Registered Member

    I take a cissor or a knife and I cut them like crazy so it will become unreadeable...that's enough for me .. smashing with some hammer/axe would be good too I guess :D
  5. Nitrox

    Nitrox Registered Member

    I bend them in half, they shatter into a million fragments.:D
  6. Texcritter

    Texcritter Registered Member

  7. tazdevl

    tazdevl Registered Member

    You can buy a paper shredder. Most can shred CDs these days.
  8. Infinity

    Infinity Registered Member

    I won't do that again cause last time I did that, I had a snap in my right hand ..
  9. whatiwoulddo

    whatiwoulddo Guest

    What I would do is scratch the hell out of the cd with a nail or screw driver and then sandpaper it well. Then I would only nuke the cd in a OLD microwave, that no one uses to cook food in anymore, but if I couldn't find one, I would heat up the disk with a blowtorch or other fire source, to destroy the organic dye in the disk. Be careful when cooking the plastic parts because it could be toxic to inhale the fumes. Then the fun part, take an old blender and toss the remaining cd into it, at high speed of course. ;) Next take the pieces, if there are any, and dump them in various places. Maybe some in your trash, different bags. Some in the trash barrel in front of the local store on your way to work. Some at work etc....Don't be afraid to spread the pieces out over as wide an area as possible, so recovery would be nearly impossible. ;) :D
  10. dog

    dog Guest

    LOL ... this response is a classic :D
    My personal method is what tazdevl suggested ... multi-purpose shredder. :ninja:
  11. TNT

    TNT Registered Member

    Microwave is ok. :)

    Or if you are really serious you can try some of these, preferably all combined: I would go with the Wrecking Ball first (let it drop a few times on the CD), then proceed with the Impact Breaker on the pieces (gives you more precision than the Wrecking Ball so I it should be ok for the smaller pieces). Then grab the splinters and cut them with the PDIS Steel Shears. Then go with the Pulverizer and the MH21 Grapple on the remains. You should probably burn the place after. :D
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  13. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    I just snap them in half and they just disintegrate, no way to recover data then. DVD's are a little tougher but they break into a thousand pieces also. ;)
  14. Rilla927

    Rilla927 Registered Member

    For that very reason I bought Ashampoo Burning Suite 5 which keeps updating/adding to a CD-R an when you're finished with it instead of not being able to use it, you can erase and re-use again and again. The program works very well, also supports Blue Ray now. If you go to their site you can actually put a bid in on what ever software you want, so you can get the software much cheaper than regular price. I ended paying $18.00 for mine. So far that's the only program I've seen that has that neat little feature. When you have to discard all those disk's that add's up to a lot of money. Rilla927
  15. Tom772

    Tom772 Guest

    let yer mates borry them!!!!;)
  16. controler

    controler Guest

    Place them on railroad tracks and let train run over them:D
  17. tuatara

    tuatara Registered Member

    Our Taz wrote:

    And i can't agree more, buy a +/- 25$ paper schredder, or a small CD-R schredder, these are designed for this and about the same price.

    That works great !

  18. MikeNash

    MikeNash Security Expert

    Put some important data on them.
    Works every time. :D
  19. BP999

    BP999 Registered Member

    Definitely microwaving...

    The end result is an aesthetically appealing coaster. :p
  20. tuatara

    tuatara Registered Member

    I received this page from a customer of me ( i guess not so serious),
    you can throw a few thousand of DVD's CDR-W's etc. in those
    things a minute, and it schred those to small 0,0001 inch pieces.

    For me it is not clear, if you need watercooling for these things.

    And i am not sure if these are a good brand or not,
    the language is probably Dutch.

    :D :D
  21. tuatara

    tuatara Registered Member

    For the serious users there is an alternative,
    i can understand, for us who are a bit paranoia regarding
    Computer Security, those that visit this kind of forums,
    that the backup cdroms will stack up fast, for this there is a better one....

    It can be placed everywhere even on a balcony,
    but i recommend to offer free usage to your neighbours

    :D :D
  22. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

  23. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

    Long ago, we even burned the confetti of punch cards at work.
  24. SunZag

    SunZag Guest

    There's a cool new product, Disc Eraser, for your needs.
    Inexpensive, safe, environmentally friendly, no waste, no chemicals. Quick and neat. Check it out at, email if interested in getting it.
  25. Smokey

    Smokey Registered Member

    I give them to my daughter's rabbit, the little bastard eats everything!:D
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