I just want to make a quick and bizarre note on the nature of data.
I've got this spindle of cd's--all kinds. Lots of drivers for hardware I no longer have or use, games I no longer play, various cd's I've burned over the years.
The spindle was getting full, so I decided to go through the cd's and get rid of a bunch of them:
and in fact, if you really really want, you can watch as I dispose of them:
Enjoy that? I hope so.
Anyway. Data has no intrinsic value, even when it's on shiny plastic discs.