Considering the hundreds of thousands of documents a hard drive is capable of holding, a hard drive is a gold mine filled with sensitive information that if compromised can lead to disaster. As a result, it’s essential to safely and completely remove confidential data through proper hard drive disposal services.
Learn more in this video or the transcription below about some of the most serious risks to consider during hard drive disposal, what your ideal option is for safely disposing hard drives, and how the hard drive disposal process works.
The Dangers of Hard Drive Disposal
A device’s hard drive can hold more documents than an entire room filled with filing cabinets, and while many people know the standard practice is to remove their valuable data before getting rid of their hard drives by formatting the device for example, there are actually multiple ways to about doing it.
Despite that though, not all methods are alike, and considering the significant security and cost gaps between the various options, it’s important to understand their differences and which is the best way to dispose hard drives.
Hard Drive Destruction: The Ideal Disposal Option
There are three primary options for handling hard drive data before disposal—outright hard drive destruction, hard drive degaussing, and hard drive formatting—and between them hard drive destruction is able to provide the maximum security as well as cost-efficiency.
With formatting, one risk is the right software can recover the data. Additionally, degaussing is slower and uses expensive equipment.
Top Reasons to Use Hard Drive Destruction
There are three main reasons why hard drive destruction is the best option for disposal: security, cost, and efficiency.
When it comes to alternatives, specialized software can still recover the data which means the data is never actually completely deleted. On the other hand, hard drive destruction removes the data forever.
In addition, hard drive destruction also helps provide protection from legal liabilities with a certificate of destruction that’s provided once the process is complete.
Although hard drive destruction and degaussing both provide absolute data destruction, there’s a sharp cost difference between the two.
While on one hand hard drive destruction prices typically run from $7–$20 per drive and decrease as your project size grows, degaussing is far more expensive—from $500 for just a manual NSA-approved degausser to upwards of tens of thousands of dollars for an automatic one.
Increased Time Efficiency
Hard drive destruction is shred in bulk using a single, heavy-duty shredder. However, degaussing requires manual, individual change. Additionally, degaussing takes a massive cut into your overall productivity because time equals money. You end up loosing hundreds of dollars in labor costs using degaussing.
On the other hand, hard drive destruction services handle hundreds of hard drives in 20 minutes. Also, its price will go down as the hard drive quantity goes up. However, degaussing would only make it a longer (and more expensive) disposal project.
How Hard Drive Destruction Works
- Gather hard drives and schedule a destruction date
- Destroy hard drives either on or off site
- Receive a certificate of destruction
- Recycle the raw leftover materials
Gather Hard Drives and Schedule a Destruction Date
The first step in the destruction process is to collect your hard drives and schedule a date to destroy them.
You can choose to have your hard drives destroyed on site or picked up for an off-site facility instead.
Hard Drive Disposal On or Off Site
On the date, a truck with a hard drive shredder will come to either destroy them on site or pick them up and take them to an off-site facility.
During the process, hard drives go through heavy-duty industrial shredders and shred to unrecoverable scraps.
Receive a Certificate of Destruction
After hard drives are destroyed a formal certificate of destruction is provided which can be used for proof of compliance with laws like HIPAA or FACTA for example.
Certificates of destruction provide legal liability protections and include details like the date of destruction, the location, destruction witnesses, and the chain of custody for your materials throughout the destruction process.
Recycle the Raw Leftover Materials
To comply with EPA and state hazardous waste disposal laws, hard drive destruction providers wrap up by recycling the raw materials leftover from destruction.
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