Youtube user Photonicinduction shows how to erase a CD using a high voltage step up transformer. It’s probably not the most efficient way to go about things, but it does look cool! [Thanks, Matt!]

  • Anonymous

    I’m fairly sure the reflective layer necessary for read/write operations is being vaporized, leaving a nonfunctional translucent plastic disc.

    Very neat either way.

    • Chris Hamlin

      I think that’s what’s meant by “erase”. the goal here seems to be to render sensitive data totally unrecoverable, same idea as melting your hard drive with thermite, etc.

  • James H. Vooght

    3 seconds in a microwave oven does the same thing.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t want to breathe the fumes

  • mpechner

    I’m a microwave man myself.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares if if’s the most efficient way or not–it makes “erasing” a CD FUN!

  • Keruru Ishibashi

    This is necessary for the family by one.

  • USB 3G

    Oh nice, thanks for your information!

  • JAmes

    Interesting how it’s clear afterwards, although i prefer the pretty patterns that the microwave does.

  • voucher

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