Security-conscious organisations can now destroy disks in an environmentally-friendly way. Plextor has launched the first security device in the world which destroys data on a CD/DVD

The PX-OE100E is an environmentally-friendly and high-tech alternative to the disk shredder which destroys data on a CD/DVD. The PlexEraser enables disks to be destroyed without the organic dye leaking from the disc – something not possible with a disc shredder/manual shattering – and leaves them ready to be recycled without any data being recoverable.
Being a standalone unit, there is no need for a PC – and it doesn't fill up any drive bays or USB ports.
Rudy de Meirsman, sales & marketing manager at Plextor Europe, says: "Physically breaking the disks means the organic dye can escape, which can damage the environment. PlexEraser is ideal for businesses that want to permanently destroy data in an easy to use and 'green' manner."
Plextor has developed its own new technology that destroys the data-logging part on the CD/DVD disk by a laser beam. This directly destroys the data recording layer in the disk, which means the data is unreadable and unrecoverable.
After the data is destroyed, the drive automatically marks the disk to show which ones have been destroyed and which have not. The robust, professional drive is designed to be used continuously if necessary.
In addition to destroying disks in an environmentally-friendly way, the PlexEraser unit itself is manufactured to WEEE and RoHS directives.
Regarding the Restriction on Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Plextor has adhered strictly to the poisonous substance restriction that limits the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, the hexavalent chromium, the Pori smell making biphenyl(PBB), and Pori smell making diphenyl ether (PBDE) to protect the environment.
The PlexEraser destroys eight types of formats: CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW/DVD-R DL/DVD+R DL. It also destroys both 12cm and 8cm sizes. It takes, on average, three minutes to destroy CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and six minutes for dual layer (DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL).
To prevent users accidentally destroying data, the PlexEraser is the only drive with a bright orange tray. It has an easy operation – simply insert the disc that you want to throw away and it starts automatically. When it finishes, the disc is automatically ejected. In addition it has low power consumption and very low operating noise, just 35 decibels – barely noticeable even in a quiet office.
The product is available from IntelliStor (www.intellistor.co.za)