Easy CD-R Data Destruction

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Introduction: Easy CD-R Data Destruction

Do you have CDs that have personal stuff on them and need to make them un-readable?
This will show you a quick scratch and peel method.

Step 1: Make Two Scratches on the Top of CD

Use a knife or basically anything to make two scratches on the top of the cd about half-inch apart.

Step 2: Place Strip of Tape Over the Scratches

Here I used some cheap Scotch tape. Place a strip over the scratched area, pressing it down firm.

Step 3: Peel Off Tape

Peel away the tape and with it comes a layer of the CD, making it useless. Some have suggested to use the microwave, but this can harm your microwave and cause toxic fumes. For me, this is the fastest and easiest way to ensure your data is unreadable before you trash those CDs.
For the paranoid, repeat steps and peel the entire CD.

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    what about a shotgun?

    Hmmm... What about a chainsaw? MWAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    something of my pyrotechnic senses tell me something...not sure what tho...

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    "Drop an apple on it" probably.

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    Napalm..

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    PUT A BIG SCRATCH ON THE INNER AND OUTER RIM

    user

    Good idea, and will keep most people from reading the disc. HOWEVER, if you have really sensitive info, like nuclear weapons launch codes, or someone with a lot of money wants the disc, this is a bad idea. The disc will be unreadable by conventional means but a really determined person with the right equipment can salvage most of the data off the disc.

    That said, if you have to destroy a CD that throughly, I think you can risk destroying a microwave doing so.

    I prefer the old method of letting gravity do all the hard work.  Set the CD on the concrete sidewalk, carry a cinder block onto the roof, drop cinderblock, and watch the CD smash.

    Either that, or using fireworks is always fun.

    another very easy and cheap way to destroy it is throwing it to a fire, or burning it vith a lighter

     Good idea! However, I prefer the "apply 12,00 volts and stand back" method. Your Idea is very useful! Although I must say mine is more fun!

    of couse, for those of you who have no lives, its always fun to shot it...

    i just cut mine into 1/4 sections with plain old scissors