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Quickly erase a floppy disk

I have a whole bunch of 3.5" floppy disks that need to be erased for security purposes before being thrown out. Back in the day, I remember a handheld device that you put over the disk, hit a button, and it demagnetized the disk. I can't seem to find them now.

Any ideas on how to quickly erase the data? I don't have any floppy drives to format them with, plus that would take forever.
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break them and slide them thru a shredder after taking the metal ring off
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I have a whole bunch of 3.5" floppy disks that need to be erased for security purposes before being thrown out. Back in the day, I remember a handheld device that you put over the disk, hit a button, and it demagnetized the disk. I can't seem to find them now.

Any ideas on how to quickly erase the data? I don't have any floppy drives to format them with, plus that would take forever.

use a magnet from a 12or15 speaker, but seriously why even care. hackers and idenity theft a-holes probably dont have a 3.5 drive either.
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use a magnet from a 12or15 speaker, but seriously why even care. hackers and idenity theft a-holes probably dont have a 3.5 drive either.
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wanna bet?
ok maybe hackers from the early 90s still have them.
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anyone in the IT field still has floppy drives, maybe they aren't used everyday, but they do have a purpose at times.

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Hand held demagnitizer is your friend in this case.
That is what I am trying to find...where can I buy one?
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Smash them with a hammer. Atleast it'd be fun.

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That is what I am trying to find...where can I buy one?
at retail, no idea these days... we used to carry them at RadioShack, but they went disco back in like '01

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That was on the other day...I had to watch it, I hadn't seen that in years..

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This looks like a fun way to do it. I wonder how many floppy disks it would take to stop one.

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All I did with my old 3.5" diskettes was snap them in half or otherwise crinkle the hell out of them until unusable. Then stab it with a knife.

Trust me, unless you're up to something no one is going to want the data on those disks THAT bad.

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just take them outside on the cement, and pond each one with a hammer hard, it will imprint the grain of the cement into the magnetic disc, ruins them.

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Eat them! The gastric acid in your stomach is made up of hydrochloric acid, sodium chloride and potassium chloride. It's low pH levels can chemically break down the film on the floppies, causing all the information to be erased.
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just take them outside on the cement, and pond each one with a hammer hard, it will imprint the grain of the cement into the magnetic disc, ruins them.

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Eat them! The gastric acid in your stomach is made up of hydrochloric acid, sodium chloride and potassium chloride. It's low pH levels can chemically break down the film on the floppies, causing all the information to be erased.
I wonder what would happen if someone had that injected into their veins?
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Tear floppy apart and scorch your lighter across it a few times.

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I wonder what would happen if someone had that injected into their veins?
It would be a painful death, I'm sure.
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I just split the plastic apart and pull out the 'disk' and cut it up.

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If you are talking about 20-30 I would cut them up. If we are talking about 50+ a nice fire would do the trick. A bondfire, some beer, and a few friends sounds like a good time.
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