The Claw media destroyer is a compact disc hole puncher

Although they often seem to scratch in a breeze, CDs and DVDs are actually surprisingly resilient. Almost any disc that has merely been scratched can be repaired, since the data remains intact. If you want to destroy a CD or DVD, scratching it isn't enough: you need to puncture the data layer sandwiched between the outer label and the reflective surface of the disc face. Pro tip: almost any disc that, when held up to a lamp, does not allow light to shine through can be fixed. For paranoids, that means taking a key to their old burnt disc isn't enough. The Sanyo Claw Destroyer promises to destroy any CD or DVD permanently. It works by punching hundreds of little holes in the surface of the disc (with a noise level similar to an electric pencil sharpener), as opposed to my first delightful guess: a shredder that spits out a compact disc confetti of razor shards from its back-end. Sanyo The Claw Media Destroyer [Amazon via Gadget Grid]
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17 Responses to The Claw media destroyer is a compact disc hole puncher

  1. GaryG says:

    Ours is just two knurled rollers that impart a speckled pattern of dots over both sides of the disk. The label side is punctured thousands of times so should be secure…

  2. Dewi Morgan says:

    Hrm. That sounds reasonable. I stand corrected :)

  3. midknyte says:

    Scuff them past the foil/data layer on the label side out in the driveway with your foot for frees

  4. Tamooj says:

    Umm, in the video game industry our testing departments have to destroy dozens of daily-build CDs each evening. For simplicity, we just use an old US Navy trick; put the CD into a common microwave oven for 2-3 seconds. This totally shatters the mylar data-layer into beautiful but unreadable fragments while leaving the CD exterior looking untouched. Plus you get an AWESOME ring shaped corona spark when the data-layer fails! This spectator sport gathered a daily lunchroom crowd, complete with cheers.

    REALLY: keep your finger on the STOP button and turn off the microwave the moment this discharge happens.. about 2.5 seconds is typical.

  5. dculberson says:

    Tamooj, I wouldn’t really recommend eating food out of that microwave in the future. Nasty stuff. How can you handle the smell, too? Just a few CDs made our break room stink to high heaven back in the day. Doing it every day seems like it would accumulate and become a permanent stink.

    As to the topic at hand, my shredder also has a cd/dvd slot and it makes pretty sparkly strips.

  6. Marshall says:


  7. AirPillo says:

    Oh FFS, it’s a little piece of plastic, just smash the dang thing.

    My 9 year old brother has enough upper body strength to shatter 100 CD’s without feeling a bit of fatigue, and he’s hardly Superman. Come on!

  8. Dewi Morgan says:

    “Running microwave ovens “dry” can shorten their lifespan, because they’re designed to pump energy into heating water molecules, and having nearly all that energy reflected back at the emitter stresses it.”

    Microwave ovens work by having the photons bounced around in them like a bouncy thing until they hit stuff. They don’t all leap out the emitter, bounce off the oven floor, then right back into the emitter again (though nothing bad happens for those that do hit the emitter: nothing worse than hitting any other metal part of the case). They are not guns that might suffer some unaccustomed strain if you dry fire them.

  9. jimkirk says:

    re: keying the label side. For CDs only. DVD media is sandwiched in between plastic layers.

    Folding, microwaving for a few seconds, shredding, all good.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Put the cd/dvd on a glass of water when microwave it. Still gotta be careful of the fumes though.

  11. toaste says:

    Pro tip: scratching the label side with that key is completely effective on burnable optical media of all kinds, because the data layer is almost on the surface.

    Snapping any disc in half or microwaving it for 3 seconds are also effective, and don’t cost you eight bucks.

  12. Ceronomus says:

    My paper shredder has a slot of CD/DVDs and makes short work of them.

  13. claud9999 says:


  14. Tamooj says:

    Dewi; Actually, microwave ovens *will* be harmed if you run them without a ‘load'; it’s much more like a giant radio antenna then it is like a photon gun. All those microwave either become heat (by hitting water molecules) or they knock off electrons and become electricity (and then short to the ground plane, causing harm to the system).

    I neglected to mention that yes, we also use a coffee cup full of water in the microwave at the same time, and (to address the food/smell concern) we only run it for 2-3 seconds. If you get a melted plastic smell, you are doing it wrong (that is, for too long). It only takes a second or two.

    Once you’ve seen the wonderful ring lightning bolt, it’s very hard to stop; The first time we showed this trick to a new QA team, they ransacked the entire office searching for old CDs – an amazing amount of free AOL disks and unloved music was dug out of bottom drawers and sacrificed on the microwave altar in an orgy of destruction.

  15. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    We us a NSA ‘approved’ CD shredder at work. It is badass.

  16. SC_Wolf says:

    As a follow up to the previous posts on the subject, when microwaving CDs, or fluorescent light bulbs or any other non-food with little to no water content, it’s recommended that you put some water into a microwavable cup and stick it in the back corner of the cooking chamber.

    Running microwave ovens “dry” can shorten their lifespan, because they’re designed to pump energy into heating water molecules, and having nearly all that energy reflected back at the emitter stresses it.

  17. se7a7n7 says:

    Or you could just break the disc in half…

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