Thieves and hackers can use simple reformatting software or advanced manual techniques to recover data from your hard drive. Your data is not really gone unless you physical destroy the hard drive.
On average, hard drive shredding costs anywhere from $7–20 per drive. As quantity goes up, the price per drive will go down.
Types of Hard Drive Destruction
An industrial shredding cuts the hard drive into tiny pieces using thousands of pounds of force.
A large hole is punched through the platter causing the magnetic surface to become deformed, rending the hard drive useless.
The Importance of Hard Drive Destruction
Many people buy used computers just to get information off the hard drives, and while HIPAA and FACTA laws exist to protect the electronic data that businesses have, you should also be taking steps to protect your data when disposing personal hard drives.
Formatting the hard drive is not sufficient protection from cyber criminals. However, considering how recovering lost data from old hard drives is the main goal for some companies, if the hard drive is destroyed and reduced to pieces these criminals can’t recover any of your data, making shredding or crushing hard drives the only truly safe solution.
Criminals are always on the lookout for old hard drives and other data-storing devices. Hard drive shredding is important because:
- Deleted information can still be extracted with the right software. Only a destroyed device guarantees that no one will be able to use it in the future.
- A failed or dead hard drive can also be recovered. This may come in handy for accidents when you erase a file but is a bad characteristic for when it comes time to disposing of the device.
- Certain industries require physical destruction with regulations like HIPAA enforcing proper destruction.
Hard drive and electronic waste disposal are regulated by law to comply with EPA hazardous waste requirements, meaning it is illegal to put electronic waste in your normal trash. Our service providers will recycle the raw materials after shredding your electronic materials.
Record Nations finds local hard drive shredding companies in your area to shred your hard drives and other electronic media devices.
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