In the digital age, we often forget about the personal and professionally sensitive information we save to hard drives. Hard Drive Destruction is on the top of the list of importance in data security.
There are many reasons a hard drive would need to be destroyed. Most commonly, a company or individual will update its computer system and want to permanently erase all the data off the old hard drives once the information has been copied to the new system. While there are some ways to do this on your own, secure destruction of sensitive hard drives should be done by professionals.
There are many people that want to destroy hard drives and many ideas of how to accomplish this on the internet. Of course, physically destroying the drive with any of the WikiHow suggestions will render it unusable by anyone else. Many of these methods can be dangerous or potentially hazardous –and ultimately the liability still rests with you. We don’t recommend setting fire to hard drives or dousing them with chemicals.
Options to bring a mobile hard drive shredding truck to your place of business is always the most secure option for hard drive destruction. Companies with large amounts of hard drives could benefit from having a provider arrive on site and provide destruction right in front of your eyes. By having this convenient option you can ensure security as well as:
✓ Witnessed destruction
✓ Documented process of destruction
✓ Chain of custody documentation
✓ Serial number scanning & reporting
✓ Professional staff
✓ Heated work area
✓ Asset tag removal
✓ Auditable reports
✓ Environmentally friendly disposal/recycling
Destroy the Platters
The platters itself is where most of the sensitive data is saved on a hard drive.The goal of true hard drive destruction is making the platters unreadable or no longer mechanically able to spin. “Wiping” or “Degaussing” of Hard Drives can be used effectively in certain situations, if done correctly – but ultimate platter destruction is the most sure method of rendering the information on a hard drive truly unrecoverable.
By physically destroying the disk, platter, and internal mechanisms through shredding, you effectively eliminate any opportunity for data recovery.
When it comes to destroying confidential and sensitive information on a hard drive, your best bet is to leave it to the professionals.Having your hard drive professionally destroyed is a far better method of destruction than any other type available, providing you with “peace of mind” that your information is truly and permanently destroyed. You can watch a short video of our mobile hard drive destruction process here.
Contact Shred Alaska today to learn more about hard drive removal and destruction.
Check out our mobile hard drive destruction process by Shred Alaska.