It has always been important for companies to shred their hard drives. Going through the effort to destroy hard drives is imperative in making sure that none of the sensitive data stored there can ever be recovered – thereby protecting their private information.
Improperly destroying your personal hard drive or your company’s hard drive can lead to serious security breaches. This could lead to further issues like identity theft and some company-targeting scams. That is why it is important for everyone – not only company bosses or tech crews – to be sure that their hard drive information cannot be recovered.
There are different methods of hard drive destruction, such as wiping the hard drive of all of its software data and removing the hard drive itself or burning or magnetizing the hard drive to wipe and destroy information. There are many different ways to physically destroy the hard drive, but the most guaranteed way of getting rid of the hard drive is by using an industrial shredder. Here is a step-by-step process of how you can have your hard drive shredded:
1. Wiping the Information
This is an important step, and while it may seem redundant, it is an extra step to take to make sure that the information you have previously had on that hard drive cannot be recovered to any capacity. Better safe than sorry, as they say. You can start by backing up all essential information to another device that you intend to use (like a personal computer, the company computer, or a new hard drive), ensure that you have everything you need, and then delete everything on the old hard drive. Even though the information is gone, there could still be some information hidden in a directory so that the operating system could find it.
2. Locate industrial shredding services in your area
In your local classifieds, or with a simple Google search, you can find local industrial shredders who would be willing to take your hard drive and dispose of it properly. All you have to do is book an appointment and a consultant will walk you through the process. You can use a service requiring you to bring your hard drive in yourself or you can use a service that operates on a door-to-door basis or picks up the device for you.
3. Shred that hard drive!
On that special day, the hard drive is officially shredded and you can rest assured that your information is secure on your primary computer or new hard drive. There are a few different kinds of waste particle hard drive shredders, different kinds of hard drive crushers, HDD/SSD combo shredders, data erasure options, and end-of-life documenting solutions for HDD/SSD uses.
4. Whatever is left of the device may be recycled as “e-scrap”
After you hard drive is shredded, most industrial shredder services go the green route and turn the leftover hard drive fragments into “e-scrap”, a term used to describe the reusable materials that come from discarded tech products. Some of these products from hard drives could include CPUs (the central processing unit that stores information); commodity metals like copper, steel, or other man-made materials like plastic; some more toxic components like lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and beryllium; etc. There are quite a few base materials that destroyed hard drives can yield that can be used to then create new hard drives, computers, or other technological devices.