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CD Shredder Reviews

Updated on November 22, 2011

It seems like everything is stored digitally these days – you not only have to concern yourself with disposing of documents carefully, but you need to consider what happens to your old credit cards and CDs which may contain sensitive personal or business information. Could a dumpster diver access this information if they discovered your CD in the trash?

If so, a CD shredder or data destroyer can keep your information from getting into the wrong hands. Avoid opening the door for an identity thief to walk in and steal your information by properly disposing of your CD’s and documents.

What type of paper and CD shredder do you need? There is a wide selection of CD and paper shredders to choose from, with prices ranging from less than $20 for a very basic home paper shredder, into the thousands for an advanced high capacity paper shredder designed for businesses with high volume needs.

Before buying, it’s important to note that not all CD shredders actually shred or cut CDs and credit cards to bits. Some will simply do enough damage to the disc’s surface to make the data inaccessible

CD Shredder / Data Detroyer by Norazza
CD Shredder / Data Detroyer by Norazza

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Types of Paper Shredders and CD Shredders

What you need to know before choosing a paper or cd shredder :

Evaluate your needs. Try to estimate how much you will use your shredder. This will help you to determine which model will be best for your needs. A cheaper model may work just fine if you are only planning to use is occasionally. If it is for home use, a smaller model should be adequate, but a cheaper model that is over used may leave you wishing you had bought a more efficient shredder. If you anticipate using your paper or CD shredder daily in your business, consider purchasing a higher quality model that is built for high volume and will be capable of shredding quickly and effectively for years to come.

Just how certain do you want to be that a thief cannot possibly piece your information back together?

Additionally, consider how much space you have for the shredder. Will you need to keep it in your desk or store it in a closet? Figure out your space requirements before purchasing.

Different types of CD and paper shredders :

  • Crosscut shredder - cuts paper, CDs and credit cards in two directions, leaving only confetti-like scraps ready for disposal. Considered to be the most secure / most desirable type of paper shredding because an identity thief couldn’t piece it back together.
  • Strip shredder -the traditional type of paper shredder will shred your documents into long thin strips.
  • Data destroyer - renders all information stored digitally inaccessible.
  • Light home / office shredder - typically a strip shredder, efficient and sturdy enough for light home use.
  • Heavy duty paper shredder - built to shred high volumes of paper and CDs quickly and effectively.

Fellowes Paper Shredder
Fellowes Paper Shredder

Top Rated CD Shredders and Paper Shredders

The most frequently recommended and top rated in the industry are the Fellowes Paper Shredders. The Powershred PS 70 is a favorite because it can handle shredding 14 sheets of paper at a time and can also cut through your CD’s and credit cards. Keep in mind, this shredder will cut everything in strips, it is not a crosscut / confetti shredder.

Fellowes paper shredders for small business or home use are typically priced from $100  to just under $200. They also make high volume shredders for large business use.

Secure Your Confidential Information

Confidential and personal information needs to remain secret. Why stop with document shredding? Be sure your personal and confidential information stored digitally doesn’t land in the hands of an identity thief.

CD Data Destroyer

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    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks! It was news to me as well!

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      confidential shredding 

      8 years ago

      useful hub ! Never knew there were CD shredders.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you write on target and easy1! Glad this was helpful and informative.

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      easy1 

      9 years ago from Ireland

      Great hub I've just learned something new today.

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      write on target 

      9 years ago

      useful info especially in this 'age' of identity theft. You can never be too careful anymore (unfortunately).....

      thnx for your researching efforts and literary delivery.

      Terry

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi all - thanks for the comments! I wasn't aware of these until recently either...I have a 2-year-old daughter that destroys our cds / dvds for us (whether we want her to or not!).

      Duchess, I don't know of anything off hand for hard drives, but I will look into it. It is not safe to just toss an old computer with all of your info. Same for cell phones...you need to remove the sim card.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Very cool - I have lots of things to shred.

    • maggs224 profile image

      maggs224 

      9 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I didn't even know these existed interesting hub

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Interesting topic for sure. Do you know of anything similar for hard drives?

    • Reynolds_Writing profile image

      Reynolds_Writing 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Interesting Hub Topic. I knew CD shredders existed but I have never read a review of the options.

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