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old electronic storage media, aka floppy discs. Been having a clean up and found a load (12) old floppies, was wondering do I just chuck them in the bin or do something a bit more secure? To be honest I'm not even sure there is anything of any value on there but I like to be safe than sorry. Are there devices still available that can read these old media?
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They probably don't work anymore anyway.

But if you're concerned, just snap them would be enough I'd say.
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old electronic storage media, aka floppy discs. Been having a clean up and found a load (12) old floppies, was wondering do I just chuck them in the bin or do something a bit more secure? To be honest I'm not even sure there is anything of any value on there but I like to be safe than sorry. Are there devices still available that can read these old media?
I have a floppy drive with a layer of dust and one of those million-pin DIN plugs. No idea if it would work without some kind of a driver, but there must be a few people who have operational ones.

In the past I've disposed of hard drives by dismantling them, removing the disk and bending it double. Putin's friends have the skills to extract the data but no-one's going to bother.
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Definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to these days
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I got rid of dozens of them, but I ran a powerful magnet over each one first. That scrambles or wipes any data. I've also got an external usb floppy disc drive....just in case.
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Seconded (thirded) for the magnet, though the old 5.25 inch disks do burn rather nicely, giving off some nice, acrid smoke.

Or simply prise the case open, pull the magnetic media out and cut it up with scissors
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Shoot or burn them.
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Never thought of shooting old floppy disks, but that'd work too.
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As with any form of disc, destroying the platter makes them 100% unrecoverable, so the scissors suggestion will definitely work. There are still devices around that read them, up until about 10 years ago most servers still had floppy drives as Windows Server 2003 needed one to install controller drivers and I still see kit that old quite regularly. You can buy USB Floppy Drives as well.

However, if you have absolutely no concerns about whats on them, you'll get some money for them on eBay. As they are no longer made and there is lots of old tech that still use them (E.g. old synthesizers and samplers) there is still a market for them, I sold a load last year.
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