Recycling your old office computer and other electronics without completely removing the data or shredding the hard drive could result in your confidential information ending up in the wrong hands.
Some organizations think they can disable their old computer hard drives by drilling a hole in the drive or smashing it with a hammer. While these processes will disable the hard-drive, the data is left intact and can be easily retrieved by information fraudsters looking to steal your company’s confidential data.
A single data breach of a hard drive can cost your organization thousands and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties, fines and lost business due to bad PR. That’s why ShredQuick offers three ways to protect the confidential information stored on your old computer hard drives and other electronic media.
Here’s a review of our hard drive destruction methods:
Degaussing offers the highest level of security and for that reason it is the only hard drive destruction method approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It is also the hard drive destruction method of choice by the Department of Defense and other government agencies. The ShredQuick degaussing machine uses two huge magnets to pull all electronic encoding off the hard-drive. If your organization wants the highest level of information security choose degaussing as your hard drive destruction method.
Hard Drive Shredding
We can also shred your old hard drives on site at your location with our mobile shredding trucks. The way this method works is our service technician first inventories your hard drives and scans each serial number to provide a comprehensive chain of custody. Then he shreds your hard drives while you watch or if you’d prefer we can even provide a DVD of the destruction process.
If your organization does not require that you witness the destruction of your hard drives, you may want to save a little money by choosing our off-site hard drive shredding. With off-site shredding we pick up your hard drives and securely transport them back to our facility for shredding.
Whichever hard drive shredding method you choose we offer several shred size options from NAID AAA Certified size to Department of Defense (DOD) level size. And when your hard drive destruction is complete you’ll receive a Certificate of Destruction as documentation for your records.
U Ship – We Shred (or Degauss)
As the name implies you can also ship us your hard drives and we’ll shred or degauss them at our secure facility. We provide a secure container for you to ship your hard drives to us and we will also forward tracking information to you, so that you can check the status of your materials during transit. We urge our clients to take photos of the contents before shipping as we will take photos of the contents of your container when it arrives to verify the contents. You should be aware that there is some risk involved, because no matter which shipment method you choose, carriers do lose packages from time to time. But if you’re looking for the most economical way to destroy your hard drive data then our U-Ship – We Shred program may be right for you.
We Destroy More Than Just Hard Drives
While it’s vitally important to destroy your old hard drives it’s equally important to destroy other media that contains confidential information. Here’s a brief list of other media that ShredQuick can destroy, to help protect your business and your privacy.
- Hard Drives
- Optical Media
- USB Drives
- Floppy Disks
- Cell Phones
- Zip Disks
Take The Next Step
If you’re still not sure which hard drive and media destruction method works best for your organization, just give us a call. We’ll explain your options and give you a no-hassle price quote to shred or degauss your hard drives and other media.