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!