Finance have given me a rather disappointing secret santa present this year - a box of "things we found at the back of the cupboard".

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The "goody" bag"s delights include some old floppy disks, with info that"s no longer needed. What"s the best way to destroy the floppy, making recovery of information very unlikely please? 

I don"t have access to a floppy drive for formatting (wow haven"t we moved on!)

 

Thanks very much in advance

Matt


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I got them this summer.. I got the magnetic strip out of the plastic casing and shredded it..

JOB WELL DONE


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Awww... such a waste of floppy disks, especially as they are no longer produced in any such volume :( I could to with some more my self tbh.


+1 to Anon-y-mous

breaking things to destroy data maybe fun, but you don"t want your senior bosses to see you messing with a big hammer.

I think a bucket of water, maybe add some salt to corrode all of that ferric oxide, shove the disks in there to corrode, then empty and bin.


Thanks everyone! 

I"m within a school environment, with children around, so not sure I"d get away with boiling water or hammers. Microwaving sounds good but as I don"t have a way to check the disks aren"t working after, I"m not sure it"s the best option for me (same with magnets).

Think I"m going with snapping them open and shredding the magnetic strip - thanks again for everyone"s suggestions!


 

MattHarwood wrote:

Thanks everyone! 

I"m within a school environment, with children around, so not sure I"d get away with boiling water or hammers. Microwaving sounds good but as I don"t have a way to check the disks aren"t working after, I"m not sure it"s the best option for me (same with magnets).

Think I"m going with snapping them open and shredding the magnetic strip - thanks again for everyone"s suggestions!

 

The pool of melted plastic and the small lightening storm inside the microwave should be enough to tell you they aren"t working any more....


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ConnorC Dec 2, 2011 at 04:43 UTC

MattHarwood wrote:

Thanks everyone! 

I"m within a school environment, with children around, so not sure I"d get away with boiling water or hammers. Microwaving sounds good but as I don"t have a way to check the disks aren"t working after, I"m not sure it"s the best option for me (same with magnets).

Think I"m going with snapping them open and shredding the magnetic strip - thanks again for everyone"s suggestions!

DONT MICROWAVE THEM!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WUep0oyO-M 


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Big_James Dec 2, 2011 at 04:45 UTC

 

ConnorC wrote:

MattHarwood wrote:

Thanks everyone! 

I"m within a school environment, with children around, so not sure I"d get away with boiling water or hammers. Microwaving sounds good but as I don"t have a way to check the disks aren"t working after, I"m not sure it"s the best option for me (same with magnets).

Think I"m going with snapping them open and shredding the magnetic strip - thanks again for everyone"s suggestions!

DONT MICROWAVE THEM!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WUep0oyO-M 

The end result of "unreadable" will be achieve though, will it not...? 0:-)


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Dec 2, 2011 at 05:11 UTC

Incinerate them.

Just throw them on an open fire or bonfire, and watch your data go up in smoke. 

If you want some fun, borrow a shotgun and blast them to bits. It is deeply satisfying as well. More fun if you can get them launched like a clay pigeon.


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Emilio2239 Dec 2, 2011 at 05:34 UTC

Yes, I"m agree with ConnorC!

Why burn or microwave something?

Maybe not perfectly appropriate, but I would suggest this:

http://youtu.be/NkL3yk35Kyg


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Dec 2, 2011 at 05:52 UTC

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Emilio, is that you or Rubens Barrichello? :D


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Dr X Dec 2, 2011 at 07:32 UTC

Cut them up or use a magnet from a harddrive.


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Dan O Dec 2, 2011 at 07:39 UTC

ivanidea wrote:

 

Incinerate them.

Just throw them on an open fire or bonfire, and watch your data go up in smoke. 

If you want some fun, borrow a shotgun and blast them to bits. It is deeply satisfying as well. More fun if you can get them launched like a clay pigeon.

A word of warning with throwing floppy"s into an open fire. They will produce a very black smoke and you don"t want your local FD coming to pay you a visit. Also, it"s not very ecologically friendly. That being said it is a very effective way to rid yourself of all the unwanted disks. 


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Dec 2, 2011 at 07:41 UTC

Most paper shredders are also rated to shred floppy disks. Some will even shred CD"s/DVD"s. If you are at a school, you may already have a shredder around there somewhere.


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John III Dec 2, 2011 at 14:40 UTC

Will it blend?

 

http://www.willitblend.com


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Ferdie van Schalkwyk - IPMG Dec 5, 2011 at 07:10 UTC

How about a paper shredder rated to shred CD"s.

I doubt the little bit of metal in the floppy has a higher hardness than a CD"s plastic

 

as a backup plan, use them for critical documents, they are guaranteed to destroy data then


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John681 Dec 5, 2011 at 07:22 UTC

From the philosophical (and totally accurate point of view):

Eventually it will disappear without you needing to do anything. Just look around you, nothing you can see would have been around a thousand years ago and nothing will be left a thousand years from now.

Everything that appears disappears (appart from you :)

Alternativly fill them with WHAM mp3"s as this will keep everyone away for decades.


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EBirtel Dec 5, 2011 at 07:41 UTC

Cut, burn, magnets, etc. Perhaps you have a shredder that can handle floppies as well?


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Dec 5, 2011 at 08:54 UTC

If you are at a school the science dept will have a big magnet. That will do the trick.

Buy a degaussing wand.

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Or just wait until there are no more floppy disk drives left in existence.


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Brian Lenhardt Dec 5, 2011 at 09:03 UTC

Whats a floppy disk?


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