Hard Drive Destruction & Recycling

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Did you know that your Hard Drives and Cell Phones contain more private information than hundreds of boxes of paper that could put you or your company at risk?


Secure and Affordable Hard Drive Destruction Services

At Shred Nations, we specialize in connecting customers to reliable partners for secure and professional hard drive destruction services. Whether you’re a business upgrading hardware or an individual safeguarding personal data, our platform facilitates a seamless connection to certified experts. There are multiple ways to destroy a hard drive. However, when drives are not properly shredded, the data is at risk of exposure and exploitation. Hard drive destruction services can ensure that your data is unrecoverable. Shred Nations can match you with a trusted, local hard drive shredding company from our nationwide network of providers.

By shredding your hard drive, you’ll be protecting both the environment and your privacy. Hard drive shredding ensures that any data on the hard drive is destroyed without a trace, and the recycling process ensures that none of the toxic materials that make up a hard drive end up in landfills or our waterways. Your information’s security is our priority, and we take pride in being the bridge between customers and trusted partners for worry-free data disposal. Choose Shred Nations for a secure and efficient solution to your hard drive destruction needs.

Hard Drive Shredding Services, and Common Devices that Contain Hard Drives

On-Site Shredding

This is a mobile service where a shred truck comes to your location to shred the drives at your curbside. 

Off-Site Shredding

Off-site shredding is where a provider will come and collect all of the drives from your location. Afterward, they will go directly to an off-site shredding facility to be destroyed.

Devices with Hard Drives

  • Desktop computers, monitors, and external hard drives
  • Cell phones and mobile devices 
  • Consumer electronics (tablets, laptops, and gaming consoles)
  • Printers, scanners, and fax machines

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Hard Drive Destruction and Recycling FAQs

How does hard drive shredding and recycling work?


1. Gather the hard drives you have to destroy. Contact Shred Nations by filling out the form or calling us at (800) 747-3365. We will get you free quotes on your project from multiple providers in your area. Depending on the size of your project, you will be given the option for mobile, off-site, or Ship N Shred services.

2. Choose the provider that best meets your needs and budget. 

3. You will be able to witness the destruction of your hard drives with mobile shredding, or they will be taken or shipped to a secure off-site facility.

4. After arriving at the facility, hard drives are destroyed using industrial shredders. To ensure compliance with EPA and state hazardous waste laws, providers finish by recycling the shredded hard drives.

5. Once the shredding is complete the process ends with you receiving a certificate of destruction. A certificate of destruction outlines the chain of custody and details what, when, and where hard drives were destroyed. 

How much does hard drive shredding cost?


On average, it costs between $7-$12 per hard drive. However, the price will depend on how many you have, the method you choose, your location, and other factors. The more hard drives you have to destroy, the price per hard drive will decrease so we recommend gathering as many as you can before scheduling a service.

How secure is hard drive destruction and recycling?


Hard drive destruction is the only method that ensures your data is completely unrecoverable. In addition, all of our service providers meet or exceed all data privacy regulations. If would like to even witness the shredding, you can ask about our mobile services. Whichever method you choose, you will receive a certificate of destruction for your records when the process is complete.

Can I witness the hard drive destruction process?


You can watch the destruction process if you choose to destroy your hard drives with a mobile shredding service. However, you will have to confirm with your service provider what their truck can handle or has room for.

How does a mail-back hard drive destruction service work?


Ship ‘N’ Shred is a convenient solution for mail-back destruction services. Simply box your hard drives up, ship your media, and we will shred it all into tiny pieces. The chain of custody is documented throughout the whole process and you will receive a certificate of destruction when your hard drives have been destroyed and recycled. Learn more on Ship N Shred’s hard drive destruction page.


What is a certificate of destruction?


certificate of destruction is a formal document that provides details about the destruction of your hard drives and ensures the shredding process complies with all state and federal security laws. It includes details such as the transaction number, chain of custody, terms and conditions, collection date, location of the destruction, and more.

What is HIPAA?


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) helps regulate and protect protected health information (PHI). Covered entities must implement reasonable safeguards, limit incidental uses, and avoid prohibited uses and disclosures of PHI, including the proper disposal of this information.

What is GLBA?


The Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) defines how financial institutions should handle and dispose of documents, including digital files, to protect their clients.

What is FERPA and PPRA?


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) require information protection of all educational records and personal data.

What is FACTA?


The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) requires anyone who uses information from any type of consumer report for a business purpose must dispose of the information securely and properly. Disposal must be sufficient enough so that the data can’t be reconstructed in any way.

What is RCRA?


The EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulates and requires safe destruction and management of hazardous waste. The RCRA imposes severe penalties for electronics disposal without a permit: 5 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 per violation day. For making the mistake twice, penalties double.

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