|Introduction||Real World Shredders|
|Ways of Disposing of CDs/DVDs||Links|
A single CD contains 600 MB, the equivalent to 417 floppies, or 80 paper filing cabinets. A single DVD (Digital Video Disc) contains 4.7 GB, the equivalent to 3,264 floppies, or 560 paper filing cabinets. Even one password, embarrassing email or confidential information in the wrong hands could be quite painful. Before disposing of CDs or DVDs (Digital Video Discs), you want to make sure they are rendered unreadable by some sort of shredding process.
There are a number of ways of disposing of CDs (Compact Discs) and DVD s:
One problem with personal shredders is they have a 2 to 9 minute continuous run time. Then you have to let them cool for 20 minutes. So you can’t do a giant batch all in one sitting. Most of them make you feed the discs in one at a time. Another problem is, after shredding, recyclers will not take them. A cheap paper-only shredder will not do. It must be heavy duty enough for DVDs.
They destroy the CD/DVD (Compact Disc/Digital Video Disc) in a variety of ways. The more secure techniques, that create smaller, more unreadable pieces, are near the end of the following list:
The finer the cut, the slower the device and the more heat and noise it generates, the more power it consumes, but the more secure the result.A strip cut shredder, level 1, will provide basic security. Strip cut shreds are typically a 7/32? of an inch wide and as long as the document being shredded. This means that an 8 ?? x 11? sheet of paper will be shredded into approximately 39 particles or strips.(click image below for demo) Shred Type - Strip-Cut - Micro-Cut - Cross-Cut With cross cut shredders (Level 2), paper becomes extremely difficult to assemble and read. Standard cross cut shreds are typically 5/32? x 2?. So an 8 ?? x 11? sheet of paper will be shredded into approximately 300 particles. That?s a significant increase from the strip cut shredder, providing you with very strong security. If you are shredding highly confidential documents and you desire an even higher level of security, then you should consider a level 3, micro-cut shredder. A standard cut size for a micro-cut shredder is 5/64?x5/16?. This means that shredding an 8 ?? x 11? sheet of paper with a micro-cut shredder will result in more than 3,700 particles. Government approved high-security shredders provide the highest level of protection. Created for destroying top secret and classified documents, high-security shredders have a 1/32? x 3/16? cut size. This means that shredding a 8 ?? x 11? sheet of paper will result in more than 15,000 particles
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