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    Destroying Floppies

    Hi, I have about 70 old 3.5 floppies with data that I need to get rid off but have no shredder. I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have to do this quickly and effectively.[img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
    As always, many thanks for your help.

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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    A large magnet - e.g. the back of a speaker - should do it. Otherwise I find simply folding them is good enough, but it depends on how secure a job you need to do.

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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    Chris,
    AS Leif said, a large magnet run over the surface of the floppy will usually do it, or mechanically destroying them in various ways. It really depends on on HOW secure you want the destruction to be. There are programs that will over write the disks multiple times with patterns of ones and zeros to DOD ( Departmant of Defense ) specs.

    <big>In a lighter vein:</big>

    ORIGAMI:
    Art of paper folding. In order to obtain a nice and effectiveness result,
    put the floppy in the disk drive with strength and without pointing at all

    SMOKE:
    Of cigarettes or anything that could be burnt. When you are smoking blow
    directly to your disk. In that way you will be able to destroy it soon,
    and if you are lucky, damage the drive as well.

    PIRANHAS:
    If you don't have any at home, you can use a stapler, a clip, or simply
    write down on the disk label with a hard point pencil or pen.

    MAGNETS:
    They are wonderful. You can find them in the telephone, in some paper
    weights, and stuck on the frige door. If you can't find any, you can
    leave the floppies on the printer or on your display for a while, making
    sure that they are on.

    MAIL:
    Put a disk in an envelope and don't write any warning on it; then mail it
    to someone, and that's all.

    MAGIC TOUCH:
    Touch your floppy. As much as you can. If you have marmelade or butter in
    your fingers, better. Your floppy will acknowledge it.

    DON'T USE ANY ENVELOPE:
    Archive them wihtout their envelope, piled under a lot of papers and
    manuals (it is better when the manuals are the VAX/VMS OS 1.00 and its new
    releases).

    DON'T MAKE BACKUPS:
    Of course, if you don't have any security copy, you won't have to worry
    about how to destroy them once you have lost the original
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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    Since 3.5" disks encased in hard plastic covers will resist Leif's folding technique, if you don't have any type of magnet available, you can always take the case apart with a screwdriver or pocket knife and pull out the plastic disk, cutting it in two with a scissor. For 70 disks, that shouldn't involve too much time... Been there, done that...

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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    Some of our children in our school could do a great job destroying their floppy disks unintentionally and much to their dismay, because their homework was usually on them when it happened! So give the 70 disks to kids and let them take care of the problem for you! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    Quick and dirty.... get a hand ax and small splitting log and head out to the backyard. Seventy quick swings and a little cleanup and you're done. <img src=/S/rubbish.gif border=0 alt=rubbish width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    If you pull the metal slides off each one first, and make a stack of them on a large flat wooden surface, then perhaps as few as <big>one</big> mighty swing of Doc's wood-cutter's axe might cleave all of them in twain! (Suggest you wear protective goggles, and evacuate the neighbourhood first, though...!).

    John

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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    Ok John. Maybe the ax is a bit of overkill. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I'm sure that, just like a hard drive, you could use an electric drill and drill a few holes in a short stack of floppies and then just repeat until you've drilled them all two or three times.
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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    I rather like the idea of the axe, actually! (But I am an Anne Boleyn enthusiast...!)

    John
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    Re: Destroying Floppies

    John,

    I can just picture you swinging an ax at a pile of floppies, while shouting "off with their heads" <img src=/S/smash.gif border=0 alt=smash width=30 height=26>

    Poor old Anne! <img src=/S/queen.gif border=0 alt=queen width=19 height=20> <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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