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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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). 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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