Let me ask you a question: What do you do with old CDs and DVDs that have data on them that you no longer need? Do you simply throw them away or bring them to the collection station? Or, do you destroy them first so that they cannot be read anymore if someone should find them in the trash or at the collection center?
If you never thought about this matter before and have a stash of used disks lying around you `may want to take a look at the compact disk eraser.
The disk eraser is a handy compact tool that wipes out CDs and DVDs environmentally friendly keeping the disks intact. You slide the disk once or more through the disk eraser creating a wide strip that can't be polished out.
The website answers some frequently asked questions about the process and why you may want to use their product and not a knife, scissor or any other tool to wipe data on optical discs.
Breaking a CD for instance may have the same effect but means that it cannot be recycled anymore. Microwaving CDs is bad for the microwave due to metal arcing and toxic fumes.
Scratching CDs with sharp objects like knifes could have the same effect but is more time consuming and not as thorough, plus, you may hurt yourself in the process.
You use the product in three easy steps. Note that you can only process one disc at a time and that it is not suitable for very large collections of optical discs because of this.
To use it, simple place the disc in the open device, close it afterwards and push down while you are pulling the slider quickly to cover the whole disc area.
I'm still not really convinced if the method is really destroying all data on the disks. It does not cost much and may be worth a try but how am I supposed to find out if the CDs and DVDs can't be read by experts ? What do you normally use for this purpose?
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