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Re: anyone have a grinder suitable for destroying some old tapes?

On Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:18:49 +0900 Curt Sampson <>
> On 2011-11-28 16:06 -0500 (Mon), Metzger, Perry E. wrote:
> > I have a bunch of old backup tapes. I want to get rid of them but
> > I worry about what data might be on them....
> > Failing that, does anyone have any other good ideas on how to
> > dispose of the things? Breaking the cartridges by hand etc. is a
> > non-starter, there are too many of them.
> Hand-held tape degaussers are made specifically for the purpose of
> erasing tapes for re-use. They were pretty common in the audio and
> video recording worlds a couple of decades ago, and I do seem to
> recall having seen ones for computer backup tapes as well.

Modern ones capable of dealing with vaguely recent media cost in the
thousands of dollars -- far more I'm willing to pay for this purpose.

Perry E. Metzger      

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