We have 60-70 LTO2 tapes to get rid of. I'm just curious as to how you all securely erase your old backup tapes?
Could you not just shred the tape? I know this isn't going to totally destroy it but you'd have to be pretty determined to get data back from shredded tape!
i've watched my bursar try to shread a CCTV tape before.... it was an entertaining site!
if you just got the tape into a big pile a used a pair of sisors i think that would be ok.
place in a metal box next to the school boiler plant and leave for a while. One of my schools used to do this with HDD's and tapes
Borrow the tape wiper from MFL or chuck in an industrial shredder.
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I've looked into CESG approved degaussers but they're expensive. Same goes for industrial shredders.
I don't mean this to sound rude, but there have been quite a few 'you should do such and such' replies which is good, but I am genuinely curious as to what other schools actually do with their old tapes and HDDs?
We open up the tape and then use a blow torch.
HDD's we just use a big hammer!
I use Active@ Kill Disk - Hard Drive Eraser 1.1 - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com on IDE/SATA drives and a 10lb sledgehammer on SCSI. I've never thought about tapes but perhaps the kiln would do the trick, or maybe the microwave?
I like the microwave idea! We normally smash them up and cut the tape up a bit - if you've done quite a few together then I recon it would take years to get enough bits of the same tape together to recover the data. - Especially as ours were mainly the old dds tapes - it was hard enough getting these to read sometimes before smashing them up!
I pull a goodly length of the tape out of the cassette and pull it to bits.
If I have more time I break the casing open and cut across the spool [Won't recover data from that!]
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