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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