If the device fails during data wiping or shows errors, it will be completely destroyed onsite in our secure shredding facility. We can shred to 9mm pieces and also provide a certificate of destruction to remove your liability.
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We provide a comprehensive list of serial numbers and the audit report of all equipment processed and refurbished for resale.
Hard drive destruction is the process of physically destroying a drive using industrial grade equipment, either crushing or shredding. Hard drive degaussing, is the process of subjecting a hard drive to high powered magnets which destroys the way in which a Hard Drive and all the data present within is accessed. Both these methods are used where needed to provide the relevant solution to users. Degaussing in our expert opinion is becoming a redundant method of destruction, this is due to improvements across other equipments for physical destruction.
No, you cannot reuse a hard drive once it has been degaussed because the degaussing process will remove all the stored hard drive data, as well as removing the start up files. This means that once a hard drive has been degaussed it will not boot up.
Hard drives cannot be disposed in general rubbish or recycling containers as they will end up in landfill, and ultimately pollute the environment. Moreover, data security should be a priority when disposing of hard drives whether it’s a personal storage device or from enterprise use. Selecting a destruction method such as crushing or shredding is recommended, and when using professional services of an experienced service provider like Eco IT Solutions, you can trust that your personal or business information will be safe, and the destroyed hard drive will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.
For individual users or enterprises, we collect the hard drives securely and handle the logistics associated with the process. If steps 2 & 3 are completed onsite, this could involve transport with serial numbered tags that are opened only during video recording, showing drives poured into a shredder.
2. Auditing and Verification
Information such as the serial number of the HDD and other associated values are recorded and documented. These details are important when creating certificates post the destruction process.
The intended type of destruction/ degaussing is carried out as per the recommended destruction method and also in compliance with ISO standards.
4. Recycling and Repurposing
The final product after the destruction will then be recycled and repurposed in the best possible way.
In order to be 100% sure that your hard drives are destroyed and information is irrecoverable, you should consider a physical destruction method. At Eco IT Solutions, we receive secure data destruction requests to protect data information from Banks, Hospitals, Governments, and businesses with valuable IP. We recommend a crush and shred method in these instances, using both methods as well as mixing the shredded pieces in a large transport container will make it near impossible for anyone to extract information, no matter how valuable the content is. In normal circumstances we shred hard drives to 9mm pieces, mixed with other metals but in some extreme cases that involve national security, these should be shredded to 3mm pieces and mixed for immediate metals recycling.