August 08, 2017
What does your workplace do with its old hard drives?
Data files remain on a hard drive no matter how old or how broken down a computer seems to be. Any confidential information such as old emails, banking information, social media posts, financial and tax records, price lists, customer data, etc. can be used for identity theft and other criminal activities.
What’s most important when looking to dispose of a hard drive is safety, ease, and effectiveness. But a quick search online reveals a range of sometimes crazy - even dangerous - hard drive destruction methods.
Here are the 10 most risky ways to dispose of hard drives (these methods are not recommended):
When disposing of a hard drive, a workplace (and individuals) should consider how realistic the method is, the safety aspects, liability, and the volume of devices that will need to be destroyed. Outsourcing to a reputable document destruction company is the most secure, easy, and effective method.
The company will provide regularly scheduled pick-ups of legacy and old equipment, and secure chain of custody processes for destruction. State-of-the-art equipment will be used to shear (slicing the hard drive into small pieces) or crush (punching an irreparable hold through each hard drive) hard drives.
Following destruction, the company will send a Certificate of Destruction. Plus, it will partner with a trusted recycling company to help reduce your carbon footprint.