From: email@example.com (Ben Bradley)
Subject: Re: Best way to desroy CD-R
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 22:59:20 EDT
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 03:14:38 GMT
In sci.electronics.design, Don Pearce wrote:
>On Tue, 10 Sep 2002 15:34:56 +0100, Mike Harrison
>>On Tue, 10 Sep 2002 14:47:03 +0100, Don Pearce
>>>On Tue, 10 Sep 2002 13:20:32 GMT, Frank wrote:
>>>>Wouldn't that damage the microwave?
>>>Not at all.
>>..but you need to turn it off REAL QUICK to avoid a really nasty
I've seen CD's "spark" in about 3 seconds, and just about catch
fire in a couple of more seconds. The actual time varies with the
power of the microwave. Just like popcorn.
Do this outside, or in a WELL-ventilated room with a high-volume
exaust fan running to send the smoke outside. The fumes [this magic
smoke presumably contains over four billion liberated bits] emanating
from the destroyed CD's are surely noxious and poisonous.
>>If you're really worried about the microwave, put a mug of water in as
>>well, to absorb the energy.
But that will (I presume) slow down the heating of the CD. The
microwave should not be hurt by five seconds heating up a CD followed
by fifteen seconds of "wow did you see that? That was great! Let's do
another one" off time.
Another idea, after reading the "scrape it with a razor blade"
idea: Handheld orbital sander or belt sander to the label side. This
can be faster than a microwave. When the disc is perfectly
translucent, you're almost done: Vacuum up all the dust, put half in
one bag and half in another, and take each bag to a different
>No sense of fun, some people!