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Destroying CD/DVD's, one laser at a time

Plextor today announced its new PlexEraser PX-OE100E CD/DVD destroyer. The new PlexEraser drive delivers a secure environmentally friendly method of destroying CD/DVD discs to security-conscious companies and individuals. The standalone unit operates without the need of a PC and is an alternative to disc shredders that are currently available. Plextor believes the PlexEraser will find its use in finance, government/military, research industries and companies with sensitive data.

The Plextor PlexEraser PX-OE100E destroys CD/DVD discs by using a laser beam that kills off data recording portions of optical discs. According to Michael Arbisi, vice president of channel says, “Physically breaking the discs means the organic dye can escape, which can damage the environment.” Discs that have been put through the PlexEraser PX-OE100E are rendered unrecoverable and safe to throw away in a regular fashion, though the discs can be run through a CD/DVD shredder for increased security.

Eight types of CD/DVD’s are supported with the PlexEraser PX-OE100E drive including CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, and DVD+R DL discs. Smaller 8cm discs are also supported by the PlexEraser PX-OE100E as well. As far as timing goes, Plextor claims the average data destroying time is around three minutes for single-layer CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW discs while dual-layer discs take a little longer at around six minutes.

In addition to its data destroying capabilities, the Plextor PlexEraser PX-OE100E has a 35 decibel noise output and low power consumption. The device is also labeled with a bright orange tray and bright yellow warning stickers to prevent the accidental destruction of discs.

The PlexEraser PX-OE100E is expected to ship to distributors next month with an M.S.R.P. of $249.99 USD. It will be available in North and South America and have a one year warranty with unlimited toll-free technical support.  The PlexEraser was unofficially announced earlier this year.


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Huh?!?!
By sdsdv10 on 10/16/2006 3:39:00 PM , Rating: 4
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“Physically breaking the discs means the organic dye can escape, which can damage the environment.”


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Discs that have been put through the PlexEraser PX-OE100E are rendered unrecoverable and safe to throw away in a regular fashion, though the discs can be run through a CD/DVD shredder for increased security .


Did I miss something or isn't that some kind of contradiction? If you run it thru a shredder for extra security, can't the dye escape and hurt the environment? And if your going to shred it, why do you need this device? Really seems like a answer looking for a question no one has asked.




RE: Huh?!?!
By stmok on 10/16/2006 3:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
I think one needs to understand how this thing actually works (the nitty-gritty details), before we can answer this interesting question.


RE: Huh?!?!
By Anh Huynh on 10/16/2006 3:56:50 PM , Rating: 3
Some people might be too paranoid about data security but could careless about the environment. Burn it, shred it, no tracks :D


RE: Huh?!?!
By SamOfSiam on 10/16/2006 5:02:02 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Quote 1

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“Physically breaking the discs means the organic dye can escape, which can damage the environment.”



Quote 2

quote:
Discs that have been put through the PlexEraser PX-OE100E are rendered unrecoverable and safe to throw away in a regular fashion, though the discs can be run through a CD/DVD shredder for increased security .



Did I miss something or isn't that some kind of contradiction? If you run it thru a shredder for extra security, can't the dye escape and hurt the environment? And if your going to shred it, why do you need this device? Really seems like a answer looking for a question no one has asked.


One is quoted, the other one isn't. Meaning, the quoted came from the people of Plextor, the one not quoted is the news reporters statement


RE: Huh?!?!
By nothingtoseehere on 10/16/2006 5:56:33 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I thought. It is a contradiction when they say the burned disk is unrecoverable and safe to throw away, but at the same time shredding the disk afterwards increases security. If the shredding increases security, then what insecurity does it remove? What exactly is still recoverable from the unshredded disk?


RE: Huh?!?!
By FITCamaro on 10/17/2006 12:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not an environmental activist but isn't just throwing the disc away to begin with, shredded or shredded, bad for the environment? Its not like discs are biodegradable to begin with. Like the dye escaping is that much worse if you shred it.

To me this seems like a pretty pointless product. But I guess someone will buy it.


Waste of $$
By Aeros on 10/16/2006 3:44:42 PM , Rating: 5
You can buy a microwave for a fraction of the cost of these.

Nuke your proN, then make a nice cup of steaming Ramen noodles.

Plus microwaving CD's is far more fun then erasing or even shredding them.




RE: Waste of $$
By glennpratt on 10/16/2006 4:18:02 PM , Rating: 4
2 seconds should do. Don't over do it, or it WILL smell.


Time
By gramboh on 10/16/2006 5:48:24 PM , Rating: 2
3m-6m per disc? Who is going to sit there and do that. I guess summer students could be useful for something after all.




RE: Time
By lemonadesoda on 10/16/2006 7:30:09 PM , Rating: 5
Actually, you tell the FBI invistigator it's a CD backup drive, and leave him to go back-up your server, LOL :-)


Once again...
By therealnickdanger on 10/16/2006 4:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
Fire proves to be the best means of destroying things. Be it paper or electronic files, nothing beats the security of the firepit out back.




RE: Once again...
By Thrawn on 10/16/2006 4:23:52 PM , Rating: 2
I agree as far as CD/DVD/Floppy/Paper ect. But as for hard drives it isn't hot enough to actualy destroy the data. I have heard of some people using thrmite for doing it and it working well and also I have heard of some big time hackers the FBI caught using a hard drive case that with the push of a switch made a large EMP burst that scrambled the data.


RE: Once again...
By InTheNameOfMyself on 10/17/2006 1:41:02 AM , Rating: 2
I remember a movie just like that.
FBI was right at a kid`s door and the kid(hacker) threw his DVDs into the toaster.


250!!!
By muffins on 10/16/2006 4:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
this thing better make my morning coffee and do my taxes for $250




The real question is...
By Spartan Niner on 10/16/2006 5:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
Will it cook my breakfast for me via a cron job?




grammatical errors
By JonathanYoung on 10/16/2006 11:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
"Eight types of CD/DVD’s are supported with the PlexEraser PX-OE100E drive including CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, and DVD+R DL discs."




Cool
By Gigahertz19 on 10/16/06, Rating: -1
RE: Cool
By Alphafox78 on 10/16/2006 4:45:56 PM , Rating: 4
Quite possibly the worst post ever


RE: Cool
By jfrjimenez on 10/16/2006 6:27:50 PM , Rating: 1
Agreed.


RE: Cool
By fxnick on 10/16/06, Rating: -1
haha
By QueBert on 10/16/06, Rating: -1
RE: haha
By Iridium130m on 10/16/2006 3:43:10 PM , Rating: 4
I believe they are justifying the extreme markup with the same logic that intel and amd justify they much higher server cpu prices...this is a business product that business are willing to shell out for to remain compliant with HIPAA and whatever other regulations are coming down the pipe.

Plextors issue more with the fact that they are more known as a consumer grade product and businesses that are willing the blindly drop 250 for this product are more likely to do it with HP, IBM, etc. etc. not plextor.


RE: haha
By DigitalFreak on 10/16/2006 4:19:19 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
this is gay, Plextor will sell these based off their name.


That is the Plextor way.


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