If you have old or non-working hard drives lying around collecting dust, you are not alone. Drives are often replaced before the rest of the device because they fail or are outgrown. Other times the entire device is replaced but old devices sit around while people figure out how to recycle or dispose of them safely. Recycling old devices is a great way to reduce e-waste and get the most use out of devices. However, recycling an old hard drive is never recommended unless it is still only for your use. All other drives should be destroyed using a professional disk destruction service.
How is professionally destroying a drive different?
Professionally destroying HDD's should include degaussing the drive and physical destruction including the platters inside. Professionally destroying SSD's should include physical destruction to the chipsets inside by punching multiple holes through the drive. HDD's and SSD's write and store data differently which is why they are destroyed differently. Professional disk destruction needs to be NSA, HIPAA, and HITECH compliant to ensure any files remaining on the drives can never be recovered. After destruction a certificate of destruction including the serial number of the drive should be included. Our disk destruction service is an example of a professional service meeting these guidelines.
Who should be worried about what is on a drive no longer in use?
Anyone who used the drive for:
- Storing emails
- Sending, receiving, or storing personal information or confidential files
- Online banking
- Entering credentials for accounts
- Businesses and non-profits
- Government and medical offices