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About shredders...

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
Will a shredder that does credit cards also do hard drives?

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Request for Clarification

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Clarifications

I really hate that we can't vote on requests for clarification. I do 'see' as how this could be fun, though.

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Not sure I really understand your question here Davette

by OH Smeg In reply to About shredders...

Do you mean a shredder that shreds actual Credit Cards being able to handle the Platters of a HDD or the entire HDD?

Ideally they shouldn't have enough cutting power to shred the Aluminum Platters of a Modern HDD but here it all depends on the actual shredder.

The ones that cut strips are more likely to be able to shred a Platter than the ones that make Confetti but even then you need to look at the number of pages that it can shred at a single time.

Those capable of shredding 15 or more pages t a time should be OK with Platters but the smaller ones most likely will not do the job required.

Col

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Thanks.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to About shredders...

That's exactly what I meant.

I'm not going to select it as the answer yet, because Davette is threatening me.

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We askers

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to About shredders...

need to be able to ask for clarification from you answerers.

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So I'm confused

by OH Smeg In reply to About shredders...

Is the Davette trying to adversely affect my programing yet again.

I know that is what females do but I find it just so annoying so I'll open that door now.

Col

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You can get one of these......

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to About shredders...
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Not usually

by oldbaritone In reply to About shredders...

Credit cards are plastic. Hard drives are metal. Most office shredders cannot handle a hard drive.

If you meant to say "CD-ROM" or "DVD", that's a different matter. My office shredder has a slot that indicates it will accept both credit cards and optical media. I have shredded many of them.

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by OH Smeg In reply to Not usually

I'm not allowed to have one of those.

Ever since I shredded a Hire DVD that SWMBO got out of an US_****.Com that was driv8ing me crazy I have been not allowed to have any shredded with enough power to shred a DVD.

The one that I had was taken off me. :-&

None the less it was worth the cost of that bloody DVD to see the look on b]SWMBO face as the DVD disappeared. :^0

Col 0:-)

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No

by TheChas In reply to About shredders...

In a word, NO.

While you can buy metal shredders that could shred a hard drive, the blades are too thick and course to effectively shred paper. Not only does a metal shredder require a lot of power, the blades need to be thick enough to shear metal without breaking themselves.

Even if you tear a hard drive down and remove the metal platter, I don't think your average office grade shredder would be able to cut up a platter. Even if it could, the stress would be so much as to significantly reduce the life of the shredder.

In an old thread on hard drive disposal, the best solution that was presented was to use thermite grenades. The second best was as a target on a shooting range.

Chas

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by Charles Bundy In reply to No

I always liked using the 30 ton press method :) With a wedge it made a nice V shaped objet d'art...

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