Author Elizabeth Wilmot

Computer Hard Drive Degaussing and Shredding

Common Questions About Computer Hard Drive Degaussing and Shredding

Why should I degauss and shred my hard drive before disposal?

Individuals and organizations decide to destroy data for a wide range of reasons. Some want to protect proprietary business information and trade secrets. Many companies and healthcare groups commonly degauss and shred hard drives to protect the personal records of their clients or patients. In short, any information which personally identifies another person (or yourself) should be completely destroyed prior to disposal.  Information on media such as a person’s complete name, birth date, social security information, address, credit card number, insurance information or background information should be completely destroyed by degaussing or shredding.

What are the various industry and government regulations involving hard drive degaussing and shredding?

HIPAA and the HITEC rule both include requirements that medical organizations protect patient information. Degaussing and shredding is by far the best way to comply with these guidelines. Gramm-Leach Bliley and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations apply similar standards to the destruction of financial information and documents.

What is the difference between on-site and off-site services?

Off-site shredding requires shipping or otherwise transporting your sensitive materials to a centralized location. On-site services utilize mobile data destruction units to perform all hard drive degaussing and shredding immediately on your premises.

Is it necessary to degauss hard drives that don’t work?

Even broken and non-operational hard drives continue to retain information on the disc platter. The degaussing process magnetically erases this information, thus preparing the drive for permanent and secure disposal.

How reliable is hard drive degaussing and shredding?

In addition to erasing all data, degaussing destroys all hard drive formatting and control track information. When accompanied by shredding, the process eliminates any possibility of information recovery.

Data Killers provides comprehensive hard drive degaussing and shredding services to clients across the United States. The company’s corporate headquarters features state-of-the-art equipment that is capable of shredding more than 1000 pounds of metal per hour. Data Killers also provides nationwide mobile data destruction using a fleet of hard drive shredding trucks that can shred any type of media down to 10mm scraps.

Within the past several years, Data Killers has outfitted each of its mobile data destruction units with NSA approved degaussers. By degaussing all drives before shredding, our professionals are able to provide maximum security and ensure the complete destruction of your classified and sensitive materials.

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