Disposal of storage media, destroying the data stored on it. For the disposal of data, use the tag [deletion].

Disposal of storage media containing sensitive data, i.e. destruction of the media or at least of the data stored on it. This can involve wiping or overwriting the data before the actual disposal of the physical media. Destruction of the media that the data is stored on, can involve crushing, burning, melting, grinding etc.

After media destruction, the data may still be present on other media. For the closely related problem of securely disposing of data, see the tag .

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