Hard Drive Destruction Techniques

There are many techniques you could use to get rid of an old hard drive that doesn’t work anymore or you otherwise need to get rid of. You can wipe it clean with a degausser or throw it in the trash. You can even take a sledgehammer to it and hope for the best. However, unless you have the entire thing completely and professionally destroyed, there is still the possibility of old sensitive information coming back to hurt you. In order to avoid that happening, you can utilize a hard drive shredder?

Shred It

As amazing as it might sound, a hard drive shredder is exactly what it sounds like. Just like a paper shredder, a hard drive shredder completely takes apart and destroys a hard drive. Of course, hard drive destruction is more difficult than pieces of paper so more advanced machinery is required to shred one. Some shredders use hydraulic force to punch through the hard drive, destroying the magnetic information and shattering the entire drive. Others use massive amounts of force to shear the hard drive into a number of slices, completely destroying and taking apart the entire hard drive.

Why Hard Drive Destruction?

You simply cannot afford the risk of sensitive information being found, whether personal photos, bank account information, company records or information about clients. Getting rid of anything that had access to such information without being complete and thorough opens the door to someone stealing your information. Other means of destruction hold the possibility of leaving behind some traces of information. Only by completely taking apart the hard drive can you assure that information is gone forever.

If you are getting rid of a hard drive, you need to have it professionally destroyed. If you throw it in a landfill, you are unnecessarily risking your privacy, and perhaps those of others.

If you need assistance with your hard drive destruction, contact EPE Components to explore the options available to you.

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