Secure Hard Drive Destruction
physical Hard drive Destruction
Physically shredding a hard drive is the most direct method to destroy its data and render the device unusable. Shred-X provides certified on-site and facility-based data destruction solutions where prior to physical destruction, a serial number recording and verification process of each hard drive is completed under 24-hour HD CCTV surveillance, in accordance with strict NAID AAA certified processes.
For highly sensitive information, shredding to a top-secret level is also available for utmost safety and security and to meet the additional security specifications used by Federal governments, defence forces and intelligence agencies.
Additionally, Shred-X offers a complete, sustainable solution whereby components of the defunct asset such as metals, plastic or glass can be recycled.
Reformatting a hard drive, rather than degaussing or destroying it, is not a secure method of data destruction. Even if it may appear to no longer contain data the device may still hold sensitive information which can be restored using simple software.
In fact, it was MIT who proved that point in their study on data security. Their aim was to prove that deleting files doesn’t fully eradicate them from your hard drive. They purchased 158 hard drives from eBay and second-hand merchants, many of which were owned and used by legal firms and banks.
The MIT team was able to recover thousands of credit card numbers, personal details of clients, their contact information, and plenty more incredibly sensitive information.
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SECURE DISPOSAL OF HARD DRIVES ACROSS AUSTRALIA
Shred-X has been an industry leader in the secure destruction of hard drives for over 20 years, making sure your digital data is safely destroyed and disposed of. Across all Australian capital cities and beyond, we are proud to help fight identity theft and data breaches, ensuring the entire hard drive is destroyed for good.
Shred-X has worked across all different types of industry, from large corporations to government agencies to small owner-operated businesses. We understand how to securely destroy your digital data, no matter what form it takes. If your business needs to eliminate personal or financial information, get in touch today!
FAQS OF HARD DRIVE Destruction
WHAT TO DO WITH OLD HARD DRIVES
When your business upgrades IT assets, its important that old associated hard drives be responsibly disposed of, for adherence to both privacy laws as well as environmental sustainability standards. A data-holding device such as a hard drive should have all confidential data professionally and securely destroyed, preventing a potential breach of your employee’s and your customer’s Personal Identifiable Information (PII), which can also incur serious penalties for your business.
By partnering with Shred-X, you can rest assured that, through our range of hard drive destruction and e-Waste recycling solutions, both legal and environmental requirements are met when disposing of old hard drives.
HOW TO DESTROY A HARD DRIVE
Employing a professional degaussing or hard drive destruction service is always the best way to ensure your hard drive, and its confidential contents, are securely destroyed.
Did you know that simply reformatting your hard drive is not a secure method of ensuring your confidentiality? Even if it may appear to no longer contain data, your computer may still hold sensitive information which can be restored using simple software.
HOW TO DISPOSE OF A HARD DRIVE
Never just throw a hard drive into your general or recycling waste containers. The environmental, legal and data-related risks are too high for your e-Waste to end up in landfill. Australian and international laws govern businesses to ensure the protection of confidential information, so a data-holding hard drive should have all confidential data professionally and securely removed.
If your business has hard drives that are at their end-of-life, contact your closest Shred-X facility for a secure hard drive destruction solution which will ensure both the integrity of your confidential information and also provide environmentally ethical recycling and repurposing solutions.
WHAT IS SHRED-X’S FACILITY-BASED HARD DRIVE DESTRUCTION PROCESS?
We will ensure your hard drives follow our strict and NAID AAA-certified process:
- Secure Collection – Our team of personnel (all of whom are Federal Police-cleared) will collect your assets onsite.
- Transportation – Your hard drives will be transported via our alarmed and GPS-tracked vehicles to the nearest alarmed and monitored Shred-X facility. You also have the option to have your hard drives and e-Waste destroyed on-site with one of our destruction vehicles.
- Verification – Prior to physical destruction, a serial number recording and verification process of each hard drive is completed under 24/7 HD CCTV until destruction.
- Separation – The hard drive’s components are separated as necessary for recycling, destruction or repurposing requirements.
- Destruction – The data-storing elements of your assets are all completely destroyed, and Shred-X will provide a Certificate of Destruction.
- Recycling and repurposing – Any separated elements or components that can be recycled or repurposed will be sent to one of our trusted recycling partners to be repurposed into usable commodities and parts.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HARD DRIVE DESTRUCTION AND DEGAUSSING?
Hard drive destruction is the process of physically destroying the hard drive through our industrial grade shredders ensuring the hard drive is beyond recoverable.
Degaussing is erasing data through the use of high-powered magnets to wipe the electrons off the drive. This removes the data from the drive, and leaves no trace of the data it once stored.
Combining both methods (degaussing and destruction) ensures the device is 100% unrecoverable, protecting your customers and keeping your business privacy law compliant.