I have a paper shredder with a disk slot. All it does is make an all
over patterned imprint across the disk. It is totally unreadable. The
shredder was about $50 or so at the office supply store.
Mike Richter wrote:
> Trey Bunn wrote:
>> This may be an odd question considering that it's pretty much the
>> opposite of what most of us normally do, but I was wondering if anyone
>> had any tips on how to destroy a CD-R.
>> Any thoughts? And no, before anyone thinks I have a CD full of super
>> secret scary government files or something, don't worry.
> Scribe radially through the acrylic lacquer on top of the disc. One or
> two slashes that disturb the metallic layer will be quite enough.
> Forensic experts might be able to piece the fragments of sectors
> together again, but ordinary tools will not suffice. The directory
> (innermost written area) will not make sense to any standard player so
> even the filenames will be lost.
> Breaking the disc is both difficult and dangerous. Microwaving is
> spectacular but slow and potentially harmful both in its effect and to
> the maser. I'm told that there are heavy-duty paper shredders which can
> handle CDs, but an Xacto knife used as above suffices for me.
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