Digital Media Destruction

Vast amounts of data can be held on USB flash drives, Solid State Drives (SSDs) and other digital media devices. If privacy is important to you, and it should be, physical destruction is essential. Even small devices need to be handled correctly and carefully, as failing to protect sensitive information can have serious consequences for you and your business. Shred-X can destroy any digital media device that contains data, ensuring the highest levels of security and compliance are maintained.

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Thieves target digital media often with the aim of selling ‘trade secrets’ and stealing the identities of everyday people. Even if you think your information isn’t that important, you might not realise how sensitive it is. Everything from private emails to client contact details can be misused if they end up in the wrong hands.

If yours, your business or your customer’s private information became public, more than your reputation would be at stake. The Australian Notifiable Data Breach and GDPR laws mandate the protection of personal information.

You might be tempted to dispose of your devices in general waste or via recycling only. Both of these end of life options are fraught with danger. Physically destroying digital media is the only 100% secure way to remove data and protect the information it contains.

The practice of recycling devices has become so widespread that the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) performed a study of recycled devices. The NAID study found that 30% of recovered devices contained private information including:

  • Medical files
  • Banking details
  • Personal emails
  • Private photographs
  • Client account information


Shred-X provide a complete solution including secure collection, transportation and certified destruction ensuring the security of the collected devices. Once the destruction process is complete, Shred-X will provide a detailed Certificate of Destruction for your records.

Once Shred-X has completely destroyed all data from your devices the shredded particles are separated to recover plastics, metals and glass. Shred-X aim to minimise its environmental impact in all business processes. Separating the components into individual streams diverts these toxic substances from landfill and instead can be recycled into other products.

To find out more about Shred-X Digital Media Destruction Solutions, contact us today.

Digital Media Destruction FAQs

What is secure digital media destruction?

Digital media destruction is the process of safely and irreversibly destroying digital media contained on a device (e.g. laptops, USBs, smart phones, tablets and hard drives). Complete destruction ensures the data contained on the device can never be recovered or restored, which is essential if your digital media contains sensitive information such as business data, banking details, or passwords.

How are USBs destroyed?

Physically destroying a digital media device such as a USB drive is the only 100% secure way to remove data and protect the information it contains.  While DIY content on the web proposes data destruction ‘solutions’ such as the passing a magnet over a USB, these methods may not ensure that all data has been rendered inaccessible. And if data can be accessed, it may mean your business is in breach of Australian Privacy and European data protection laws.

If your business needs professional assistance in destroying digital media devices and the data they contain, chat to the Shred-X team today.

How are solid state drives (SSDs) destroyed?

While a SSD is generally considered superior to a hard disk drive, it’s also more difficult to destroy. Degaussing a standard hard drive can do the job, however this method is not suitable for a SSD which is not a magnetic device.

The only way to guarantee a SSD’s data has been destroyed is via professional physical destruction. For a NAID AAA-certified SSD destruction service, contact Shred-X.

What is Shred-X’s digital media destruction process?

We follow 6 steps to ensure your digital media is destroyed securely:

  1. Secure Collection – Federal Police-cleared Shred-X personnel collect the device(s) from your location.
  2. Transportation – Your assets will be transported via our alarmed and GPS-tracked vehicles to the nearest alarmed and monitored Shred-X facility.
  3. Verification – Prior to physical destruction, a serial number recording and verification process of each device is completed.
  4. Separation of Equipment – The asset’s components are separated as necessary for recycling, destruction or repurposing requirements.
  5. Secure Destruction – The asset is securely destroyed, and Shred-X will provide a Certificate of Destruction.
  6. Recycling or Repurposing – Any precious materials or components will be recycled or repurposed into usable commodities and parts.

To find out more about our digital media destruction process, chat a friendly member of our team today.

At Shred-X we take digital media destruction one step further. Our state of the art shredding machines are specifically designed to destroy all types of hardware and media. Don’t sell it … shred it … it’s not worth the risk. We’ll physically destroy the digital media and dispose of the tiny particles that remain.

We destroy all types of digital media:

  • Hard drives
  • Backup magnetic tapes
  • Mobile phones
  • USB sticks
  • CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray and HD DVDs
  • Floppy disks and Zip Disks
  • iMacs, laptops, etc.

For more information about our e-Waste destruction and recycling services,
don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 747 339 or contact us online.

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