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Use High Voltage to Erase a CD like a Mad Scientist [Video]

You could throw your CDs in the shredder to erase them–if you want to be pedestrian and safe with your data disposal needs–or you could wide them down to the bare plastic with a massive blast of high voltage electricity.

YouTube user Photoinduction really loves playing with electricity and is always looking for new ways to put it to good use. In the video above he demonstrates how you can literally wipe the data layer right off a CD or DVD using a sustained burst of high voltage electricity.

Erase a CD with HV [YouTube via The Daily What]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/19/11

Comments (4)

  1. ADWheeler Photography

    Eh, Just microwave it. Looks cooler.

  2. andy

    Ehh, this has more “Mad Scientist” feel to it than just a nuking.

    I like it!.

  3. Hackerpunk1

    Cool. Will try it today ;-)

  4. Neon Particles

    I wonder if you could write again to this, or if it would totally knackered?

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