updated 03:50 pm EDT, Mon October 16, 2006
Many concered about disposing of old CDs and DVDs will simply break them in two, but those who need a more secure and safer way of erasing data now have the option of Plextor's new PlexEraser drive. "Physically breaking the discs means the organic dye can escape, which can damage the environment," says Plextor's Michael Arbisi, and the PlexEraser follows suit by using a laser to damage only the microscopic pits on a disc that manage data, rendering the storage unreadable without changing the integrity of the disc itself. All current CD and DVD formats except for DVD-RAM can be erased, according to Plextor, and this can include both full-size discs as well as the 8cm discs sometimes used by camcorders. The process takes approximately three minutes per single-layer disc and six minutes for dual-layer DVDs. The drive will be ready to ship in November for $250.