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    Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    What's the "best" way to *totally* erase or re-format CD's and DVD's?

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    A hammer.

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    followed by a furnace

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    A furnace? Of course! Burn them.
    ImgBurn should do the trick I'm told. <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware - 1.5MB

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    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> BTW, shouldn't this thread be in Software?... or Hardware?

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    Don't use them to start with <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    Is this an April Fool's Day question, Chuck?!

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    Chuck

    Ignore them all...this is the BEST way to clear a CD/DVD CD Zap and the most fun <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    OK, to you all (Alan, cover your ears), as my daughter points out often to me ---- B--- ME!

    To those of us members of the hoi-paloi, we often only need to back up certain folders daily (somebody told me backing up was a good idea) and don't have any but the most rudimentary choices... And I have tried hammers, screwdrivers, matches, and 409, but nothing seemed to be working to erase the data...

    Seriously, (OK Allen) as an off-site solution for special folders, I didn't and don't think it's THAT bad a solution, and R/W's are certainly cheaper.

    Thanks Alan.

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    A good 1-4 Gig thumb drive would be better and you can carry it with you.

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    Dave:

    Maybe I'm taking the totally wrong approach.

    I was/am trying to backup my "Documents" daily... Don't want to have to buy 5-7 thumb drives -- although they ARE tremendously hndy, that would be about $300 in thumbs.

    I could just use DVD-R's, I suppose... but I thought that 7 (~) in rotation made sense...

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    Sorry to bring this up again, Chuck, but with all due respect, I can't understand why you want to backup anything to CDs or even DVDs when external USB drives are so much bigger, reasonably priced and a far sight easier to use. I backup my entire system once each week and all my documents and selected files every night and I use two (alternating) USB drives to do the job.

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    In our neck of the woods, 1 gig thumb drives are going for about $15-$20 and the 4 gigs are starting at about $30.

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    Al:

    Your probably right. I'll check prices...

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    Dave:

    I'll sure have to check again... I paid some $40 (I *think/recall*) for a 2 gig thumb... I haven't seen a 4 gig... I wouldn't want to walk around with 3-4 in my pocket to be sure I had everything...

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    Re: Erase/Format R/W CD's and DVD's (XP SP-2)

    I back up my data files, etc., etc. to a DVD-R on a monthly basis, but on a nightly basis, I do an incremental backup that covers all the folders that hold the kind of docs & other data I typically modify or add to on a day-to-day basis (plus the Documents and Settings tree).

    For that nightly backup, I use a CD-RW, just like you. I typically have 2 CD-RW's "in rotation," so I'll theoretically have 2 backup copies of all the changed-this-month stuff that hasn't been changed in the last 3 or 4 days (although in practice I don't actually rotate the discs on a twice-a-week basis).

    I realize CD-RWs can theoretically be glitchy, but I've found them to be very reliable for this purpose (and this has been my routine for 4 years now). I typically reformat the discs every month or two, and retire them after 6 months or so. (They're so cheap I could easily retire them more often, but I check them pretty often and haven't found any tendency for them to "go bad" within that time frame)

    Based on my 20-year history with hard drives, I'd actually rather trust a CD-RW for this purpose. And I don't have to bother turning anything on or off to do the nightly backup.

    I'm not saying I think using a hard drive for this would be a bad idea. Just that I think your approach is respectable.

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