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erase/destroy iomega ditto tapes

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I am tasked with disposing of 10+ Iomega ditto drives, and need to ensure that the data is completely removed.  The drive is unavailable and I do not have access to one.  
How do you recommend  removing the data from, or destroying the drives, quickly and efficiently?
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Pick up a hammer and destroy all.
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Don't think a hammer works with tape, you either have to degause it or just take the tape out of the cartridge and put it through a paper shredder a few times so it's chopped into little bits. You could probably melt it in a microwave oven like you do with CDs but burning plastic can release noxious gasses and I don't know enough about the composition of the backing to confirm that you wouldn't poison yourself.
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Those are the all options I had considered; paid data destruction service, or physical destruction of the disks myself.  None of the options are perfect for this small amount of data.  The input you provided verify s that i did not miss any options.  Thanks.
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