Microwaves for simple bulk data wipe

Discussion in 'Hardware - PCs, Consoles, Gadgets' started by BrunoNoMedals, Jul 6, 2011.

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  1. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    Just started cleaning out the loft and it is evident that I am a hoarder of all things, digital and otherwise. The shredder has recently been going overtime destroying five-year-old payslips and Sixth Form letters from the late '90s, but the array of unmarked CDs and ancient hard drives pose a problem. I don't intend to throw all this stuff away without giving the proper "data protection" routine, but equally I don't plan on interfacing my latest rig with a 50MB HDD from 1992 just to do a format. I need a solution.

    My questions to the collective knowledge of ARRSE are thus:

    Will sticking CDs and HDDs in my microwave knacker said household appliance?
    Will this process be enough to deter any potential identity thieves, or the men in black helicopters?
    What is a suitable time under the nuke to prevent the first point while ensuring the second?
    Have I been watching too much Die Hard 4.0?

    Alternative solutions will also be considered.

    Thanks guys!
  2. CDs look ******* awesome when you microwave them! Do it just for that!
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  3. msr

    msr LE

  4. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    Well that was a small part of the reasoning, admittedly, but when I'm trying to look all technical and intelligent in front of the missus I can't say "and it's well shiny too!" or she'll rumble me for dicking about!
  5. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    Lump hammers have a certain appeal, but it's a lot of media to be going all manual on.
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    Smash **** out of it - It's therapeutic! Then put the bits in the microwave. :)
  7. This.


    +YouTube link

    Doo eet.
  8. msr

    msr LE

    Then buy a shredder which can take CDs :)

  9. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    Good point. Given the reams of paper shite we also have to securely dispose of (probably with a couple of classified bits in there as well, that found their way home with me many moons ago...) I could do with a shredder of my own rather than kicking the snot out of my mum's!

    Hammer and microwave combinations shall be videos and YouTubed once complete.
  10. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

  11. Large shears are better than a lump hammer for writing off old CDs...

    Surely though it's way better to see what's on all the discs first.
  12. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    you might miss out on some class porn.

    cdr's have a terrible failure rate so chances are your data would be unreadable anyway - something to do with the dye the data is cooked onto being made from carrots. I recently went through 200+ cdrs with movies on and probably 2/3s were unreadable.
  13. msr

    msr LE

    Just snap them inside the bin, or you will be treading on shards of CD for a long time. If you haven't used them for over 10 years, chances are there's nothing of interest there...

  14. I have a pretty strong magnet, which totally screwed up some old cd's couple of swipes each and job done.
  15. Microwave the cds....as has been said, they put on a great show. Use a big hammer thingy on the hard drives....then burn the remains of the cds and hdds in the shed.