Introduction: Kill All Data on a CD/DVD in 5 Seconds or Less.

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Kill All Data on a CD/DVD in 5 seconds or less.

Why would you want to do this:
++Destroy old backups of a few years
++Remember you burned the special bedroom time to DVD
++Your Ex wants the CD/DVD's back.

Step 1: What You Need:

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1. Small paper cup.
2. A old working microwave. Sometimes you can get it for free on Freecycle or Craiglst.
3. A place to pug the microwave OUTSIDE or GARAGE


4. The CD/DVD's you wish to destroy.

Step 2: What to Do:

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1 Place CD/DVD on a small paper cup in the center of the microwave.
2 Turn out the room lights for best visual effects.
3 Caution! be ready to stop the oven when the CD/DVD starts to smoke. The smoke smells bad, and is bad for you.
4 Set the microwave on high for 3 to 5 seconds. (My microwave works best at 4 sec)
5 Watch the pretty blue light show.
6 Turn on the room lights.

Caution! the CD/DVD will be HOT!!!!

P.S. they make cool wind spinners (keep birds away) or coasters.

Step 3: How It Works

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The Science
The aluminum layer in a CD/DVD is very thin. The microwave oven induces large currents in the aluminum. This makes enough heat to vaporize the aluminum. You then see a very small lightning storm as electric arcs go through the vaporized aluminum. Within a few seconds there will be many paths etched through the aluminum, leaving behind little metalic islands. Some of the islands will be shaped so that they make very good microwave antennas. These spots will focus the microwave energy, and get very hot. Now you will see just a few bright spots spewing a lot of smoke. The good part of the light show is over, turn off the microwave.

I suspect that if you leave the microwave going much longer, the CD/DVD will burst into flame. This will smell very bad and may do bad things to your microwave and house. Don't do it.


Me04 (author)2015-07-20

It would be better if you put it in a furnace!

JoshTheGeek (author)2011-08-27

One word: hammer.

doublefry (author)2007-08-04

or you could always do this much simpler method. get a beltsand and have some fun! eventually you'll be left with a pile of dust.

doublefry (author)doublefry2007-08-04

pardon, belsandER.

BuckyOHare (author)doublefry2007-08-20

"belsandER" !?!?!?!?!?! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!, oh the pain, it hurts, it hurts so bad. Me no want my bell sanded.

ReCreate (author)BuckyOHare2009-05-02

bad you grammar is! grammar good my :P




Ah...Uhm...What Rhymes with Sofa?!

waver (author)ReCreate2010-03-23


Did I win?!?

I Suppose, Unless if i Can think of something that rhymes with Sofa.

Well, I await that time.


ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-05-31

Wow,i Posted Like 20 Second after you!

ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-05-31

It Was 7 Seconds ago!

ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-05-31

We Broke a new World record!

Lol wow.

ol987986 (author)2010-02-05

this does not delete all the data, it just makes it unreadable by computers.
most forensic labs will have a laser tool that can extract most of the data, so the best thing to do would be to torch it with a flame thrower, or blow it up with claymores or C4 or a nuke

Hycro (author)2009-11-12

Folding a disc with the aid of a heat gun is fun too:P

Father Christmas (author)2009-07-16

-_-' I am not quite sure differences in pronounciation count here...

mmcpherson4 (author)2009-06-01

the disk kinda looks like my brothers halo wars after 174 hours of gameplay

ReCreate (author)2009-05-02

probably the best way to corrupt a cd is to put it in my CD burner drive and try to burn ubuntu to it

ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-05-31

Because My CD Burner Drive is Defective,It fails at Burning every CD I give it

rkr (author)2008-08-17

Another way to erase cd data is simply to break it in half, with your hands (if you don't want to buy a microwave that will render useless to cook food in after you've put a cd in it). CAUTION: if you attempt to break it with your hands you could be injured (splinters, particles in your eyes, etc.) I would recomend wearing goggles. I wasn't harmed when I did it, but I will not be held responsible for any accidents.

necropolian (author)rkr2008-10-13

or use them as frisbies (outdoors). that way you'll have some fun with them. (cold and wet weather is recommended)

Kwitmeh3 (author)necropolian2009-05-10

ye a i like takeing the free AOL cds and using them for frisbees

necropolian (author)Kwitmeh32009-05-11

i used them as a baseball substitute.

peach_fart (author)rkr2008-12-26

bend the cd away from you and the shards will shoot away from you. like in this drawing: arm--> =() <cd


rkr (author)rkr2008-08-17

Also, just curious, why is it that you can't use the microwave for food afterwords??

themeatloaf (author)rkr2008-08-17

Very bad smell.

rkr (author)themeatloaf2008-08-19

Oh I see...

electrikecho (author)2007-11-19

Nuked CD's never get old - love the fractal patterns, although you probably won't want to nuke your dinner in the Microwave Oven ever again. Other methods such as shredders work, but the cheapest method (if you already use a disc grinder) is to grind the "up" side of the disc until the aluminum is all gone. Probably takes about 10 seconds, and guarantees all the data is history.

ReCreate (author)electrikecho2009-05-02

Just a single scratch(the the part with data)corrupts the whole filesystem

sideways (author)electrikecho2008-06-18


ReCreate (author)2009-05-02

Or you could spin it at 25,000 RPMs,give or take

Robertwan (author)2009-03-23

So... what does this method have going for it over... say... hitting the CD repeatedly with a hammer?

bowmaster (author)Robertwan2009-04-01

More danger. Danger is fun. And sexy.

cyrozap (author)2009-03-16

LoL. "DO NOT DO THIS IN YOUR HOME" My friend's house?

knotmuch (author)2009-02-03

BIG NOTE Vaperized aluminum is toxic to breath and cause damage to your lungs.

Zippy_Pyromaniac (author)2009-01-17

I tried this in my home in a new microwave where we cook food. Bad Idea! Stills smells bad in there. The CD started spraying green foam all over microwave?

hayden966 (author)2008-12-19

actually hard new hard drives have protection.most magnets are not powerfull enough to scramble the data

jillg (author)hayden9662008-12-26

use high strength neodidium magnets if you need to erase a hard drive.

jayro707 (author)2008-11-01

man i finally tried this...then i but the cd in the m-wave then it cought on fire...hmmm maby it the aloumanam

juwaidah1990 (author)2007-07-28

humm... where i live we don't have social security numbers so i don't konw why people care about them much... on the other hand, i think destroying cds with "documentaries" is important...

If someone has somebody else's social security number, they can get all their money, ruin their credit, etc.

nascarwizard (author)2008-06-02

This my not be the neatest way to do it but you could also use a very powerful magnet to erase the data. I found out the hard way once that it is also well for you computer's hard drive. :(

drjones (author)nascarwizard2008-06-17

Magnets don't work on CDs.

nascarwizard (author)drjones2008-06-17

ok i was always told to keep magnets away from discs.

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