Hard Drive Disposal: More Than Hammers and Water
When you’ve got a handful of old hard drives that you no longer need, you may start searching for a hard drive disposal service to take them off your hands. Unfortunately, hard drive disposal is not sufficient to protect confidential information and comply with your company’s data destruction policy. Only a hard drive shredding machine will destroy your unwanted hard drives to the extent where nothing will be recoverable.
Fun (Yet Entirely Ineffective) Hard Drive Disposal Methods
When you first realized that you needed to do something about that growing pile of no-longer-used hard drives at your workplace, you may have run a few Google searches like, “How to destroy a hard drive with a hammer,” or “How to destroy a hard drive with water.” However, despite the fact that having all of your company’s staff members take a hammer to old office equipment might be a fun team building activity, a hammer is not effective hard drive destruction equipment.
A Scientific American article from 2015 referred to the interesting case of the San Bernardino suspects, who reportedly threw their laptop hard drive in the Seccombe Lake. The hard drive was thought to have incriminating emails relating to their prior planning of a shooting that left 14 dead and 22 injured.While the FBI never confirmed whether a hard drive was recovered from the lake, data forensic experts nevertheless said that information on a hard drive that had been left in water would still be easily accessible. “Water might short out the electronics, but that’s about it. The data’s still on the platters, regardless if they got wet or not.”
While the FBI never confirmed whether a hard drive was recovered from the lake, data forensic experts nevertheless said that information on a hard drive that had been left in water would still be easily accessible. “Water might short out the electronics, but that’s about it. The data’s still on the platters, regardless if they got wet or not.”
Similarly, attempting to destroy a hard drive by force will not effectively destroy the data contained on the hard drive, nor will hard drive data wiping: not enough to comply with your company’s data destruction policy, at least.
In fact, if you want to know how to destroy a hard drive quickly, you may be surprised to know that the quickest hard drive disposal method is actually to outsource the task.
Hard Drive Shredding Machines To The Rescue!
Despite how fun and satisfyingly messy some of the home methods of hard drive disposal may be, it is only specialized, industry-standard hard drive destruction equipment that can truly render the data unrecoverable. Your company’s data destruction policy would mandate that redundant hard drives must be rendered completely inoperable, making it impossible for any sensitive data to be recovered, and attempting to destroy a hard drive with a hammer or water, or by any other means, would most likely be a breach of the data destruction policy.
It is only a specialized hard drive shredding machine that can effectively protect confidential information. For this reason, hard drive shredding is the only method of truly destroying an unwanted hard drive, and any old information that is currently being stored – or has ever been stored.
After all, deleting files doesn’t actually destroy the data, it simply hides it. A sophisticated hacker could potentially recover any information that has ever been stored on a hard drive: even data that has since been deleted. A hard drive shredding machine is the only way to combat this possibility.
Efficiency and Convenience: A Wonderful Duo
When you’re running a business, you’re busy. We get it. You’ve got business hours to keep and clients to satisfy, not to mention all the behind-the-scenes action that comes with running a business. You don’t have time to drive miles out of your way to drop off your old hard drives with a hard drive disposal service.
But before you fire up Google once again and search for “Hard drive shredding near me,” rest assured that we also offer on-site hard drive shredding. That’s where we bring our state-of-the-art hard drive shredding machine to your work place – at a time and day that suits you, of course – and take care of your hard drive disposal needs right in front of you.
That means no lost time for you, no driving out of your way to drop off your hard drives to be destroyed, and no security concerns, as the hard drives stay in your line of sight at all times. We’ll even give you a Certificate of Destruction when we’re done.
When you’ve finished watching videos of other people finding out the hard way that how to destroy a hard drive with a hammer is also a good way to end up in the emergency room, contact us at Data Destruction Corporation to find out how we can assist you with your hard drive disposal needs, all the while complying with your company’s data destruction policy.