My company is looking to dispose of several (OK, it's really a lot) old backup tapes. The boss said this when he tried to think of possible options....
Manual bulk erasers, but it is very labor intensive and the devices overheat relatively quickly and require cool down
· Manual destruction by various percussive instruments (read as hammer, compactor, etc.) which is also too labor intensive and potentially dangerous plus there is no guarantee that the data on the tape is not readable
· I have spoken with the company that formally did our token destruction but they cannot “chip” the tapes because of springs (I still don’t understand this but they won’t work with us)
· I have spoken with Shred-It our document destruction company but they only deal with paper
· Finally I received a quote from a company that will guarantee destruction of magnetic media and provide documentation of the destruction for a mere 15k. Needless to say once I lifted my chin off the floor and verified that this was not a typographical error I promptly questioned their sanity which I am still in doubt of.
Have any of you had any success with mass destruction of old tapes like this? If so, what was the method used. Any suggestions?