What do you do, with your coster CDs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Hugh, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. Hugh macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Erie, PA
    What are you guys doing with your Burn CD's that didn't burn right, or no longer needed. I have two spindel full of CD's (Almost a 3rd) that didn't either burn right (I have a defective CD Burner and thuoght it was software), or no longer need.

    Because some of them may contain person info, what are you guys doing to get rid of your costers?

  2. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

    Old Smuggler

    Sep 8, 2006
  3. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    I've probably gone through a few hundred CD's that either didn't burn right or just had data on it that was no longer needed or outdated. At my old job we would have contests trying to get them to shatter slapping them down hard on a table. Otherwise I just fling them like a frisbee into the trash can across the room.

    Microwaving is fun too, the first time you do it.

    Maybe I should have saved the shards and made a dress like this girl did.

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  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
  5. daskonig macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2005
    I just throw them away, that is if there is no personal information on them.
  6. nitynate macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2006
    Clearwater, FL
  7. Star Destroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2006
    my buddy and his brother started glueing them to the ceiling in his bedroom, it started out as a couple rows, then a triangle to the middle, then almost the whole ceiling was covered. We just make patterns with them, it looks pretty sweet i think....
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I put them in the trash... where they belong.
  9. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    They go off to a recycler. There are companies that will even take CDs for free (you pay postage), but I don't know if those ones will take shredded discs.
  10. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    The local recycling center takes CDs (of the evil AOL sort) and CDRs, so I just dump them in their bucket. Whatever happens to them must be better than a landfill, though I'm not entirely sure how you'd do something with a layer of hard plastic and a thin layer of aluminum.
  11. tominated macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2006
    Queensland, Australia
    Get a screwdriver and.....

  12. savanahrose macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2006
    greer SC
    If you have alot of them, I did read about something that you can buy that will cut them up so they can not be used.

    Go to Staples.com, there is a shredder there that will shred them. It costs $99.
  13. elisha cuthbert macrumors 6502a

    elisha cuthbert

    Feb 25, 2006
    i throw them against my desk and they shatter so that saves all my info
  14. KevKaos macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    Baltimore, Maryland USA
    The microwave idea is fun if you have never done it before, but you want to be careful and it can kinda stink up the house. Also not sure how good of a job it does of making your private data unreadable.

    I would look into buying a cross-cut shreader (as mentioned above) that is strong enough to handle cd's and credit cards. Might sound like overkill, but if you are concerned about personal security, you should shread any mail, old bills, or whatever anyway.
  15. CyberB0b macrumors regular


    Apr 19, 2004
    Bend them in half until they break. It's fun and dangerous. :) Scissors work too but they are not as much fun.
  16. Str8edgepunker macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2001
    Philadelphia, PA
    Way back when, me and a group of friends had a bunch of coasters and some aol discs. We took those into one of their basements, borrowed a dremel and had hours of fun affixing the cd onto the dremel, spinning it up to speed and then letting it rip. We eventually got out a ramp and sent them airborne as well. It was a ton of fun and I would recommend that if you do try this, to do it in an area where you can easily pick up the pieces because when they hit the wall, they shattered all over the place. :D
  17. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Erie, PA
    That reminds me of the dress that was made out of AOL 3 1/2 disks. LOL

    I would thow them in the trash but some of them have personal data on them which makes me a think twice about.

    I haven't shredded them, but again I would be worried that the recyler would go though the CDs. :/

    Thanks I didn't know there was a shredder that could cut CDs up. :)

  18. sambob macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2006
    I put them In the microwave 3 at a time for about 5 seconds, check them for a nice even spider web effect, if it ain't quite cooked all the way round let It cool and hit It again for about 2-3 seconds.
    To keep the smell down i try not to do more than 20 In one sitting, then just toss'em.:D
  19. Omni Geno macrumors regular

    Omni Geno

    Apr 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Repackage them all as CD-Rs and sell them to unsuspecting friends.

    KIDDING!! Yeesh. :rolleyes:
  20. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    I use to throw them at people but they frown on things like that where I live so I just trash it.

  21. JDN macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2006
    Lund Sweden {London England}
    I mainly use them as coasters too. I burn them into funny shapes.
  22. UnitedRed macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2006
    a pub I used to go to sometimes had their whole bar covered in cds, with glass or plastic over the top. Looked quite good
  23. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Last year in the dorms, one of my friends had a dremel with a tip that fit perfectly inside the hole in a CD. So we would take coasters, AOL CDs that they hand out on campus, whatever, so we would stand at one end of the hall, spin up the dremel, and shake the CD off or push it off with a pen or something, and the damn thing would fly across the room in like a second, slam into the wall at the other end, and shatter into a ton of pieces. Its quite entertaining :D

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