Aug 19, 2019
In today’s world, neither individuals nor businesses can risk sensitive data stored on hard drives getting into the wrong hands. As such, proper hard drive destruction is critical before disposing of computers, laptops, and mobile devices that have reached their end-of-life, perhaps because they’re too outdated for modern use, not in good working order, or you simply have no more use for it.
If you’re looking to simply wipe the hard drive clean of any data so it can be reused, then any responsible IT professional should be able to perform the task properly. Generally, what is required is to overwrite and clear the data, after which you will be free to use the hard drive as you wish. Wiping the disk can help to:
Whatever the reasons, wiping the disk drive is a fairly easy process that you can even perform yourself using the right tools. But what if you need to destroy the hard drive?
If you’re planning to destroy your hard drive, then there’s a process you should follow to make sure that you don’t wipe out important data. First, you should take inventory of all the functions that the device has been used for over its lifetime. For instance, has the computer or tablet been used to store and process financial, health, or other personal data like social security and credit card information?
Depending on the sensitivity of the data that has been handled, you need to pay closer attention to the destruction process. So the second step is to find a reputable hard drive destruction company to determine whether the age of the hard drive allows for responsible recycling, or it can be destroyed directly. Destruction typically involves removal of the magnetic charge within the hard drive, a process that wipes it clean and makes it unusable. Any parts that can be reused are separated and the hard drive is passed through a shredder. At this point, a certificate of destruction is issued.
Some hard drive destruction services are provided on-site, so you can monitor the process individually and ensure that all the drives have been destroyed before leaving the premises. Both options eliminate the risk of a security breach, identity theft, or penalties.
If you’re considering destroying your hard drives, it’s because you want to protect the privacy of your data and information contained in the devices. But before you begin the process, you must ensure that any content on the drives is 100% useless, and that anything you want to keep has been backed up. It will be impossible to retrieve the data after hard drive destruction.
Your hard drive destruction company can assist with the entire process by:
When you work with a hard drive destruction service provider, you should expect a Certificate of Destruction, as well as a comprehensive data report indicating the devices received, the services administered on each of them, and those that were ultimately recycled. If you wish to resell the items, they can also conduct market research and discovery to determine the current value of your recycled assets.
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