Author Elizabeth Wilmot

Data Destruction Myths

Data Destruction Myths

The following data destruction myths have been identified by Data Killers staff, which is why we choose to bring attention to the myth.  Data Killers doesn’t believe in data destruction myths because we know the importance of accurately destroying data.

Data Destruction Myth#1

Many people think that deleting a file will completely remove it from the hard drive.  However, this is not the case.  Deleting a file is similar to removing the front path to a house.  The house and its contents are still there, but you can’t walk on the front path to get there.     When a file is deleted, you are only removing the easiest way to get to the data.   A thief can access and steal from a house without a front path.   An identity thief can access and steal from a “deleted” file.     Therefore, if you are truly concerned with protecting the data on your old hard drive, the best possible method of security is physical hard drive destruction.  When a hard drive is shredded to small particles, the information on it is rendered unrecoverable and those identity thieves will be truly thwarted.    Protect your data.  Shred your hard drive.

Data Destruction Myth#2

Many people think that re-formatting a disk will remove the data from a hard drive.  Unfortunately, that method doesn’t work either as it is very easy to buy and run an inexpensive program that will recover files from a formatted disk.   Search the Internet for data recovery service and page of results will come back.  One company advertises:  “Unless physically destroyed, your files can be recovered with DiskInternals NTFS Recovery”.  Here are just a few of the many websites which all offer data recovery software/services:   www.securedatarecovery.org ;  www.Symantec.comwww.runtime.orgwww.getbackdata.orgwww.softonic.com; www.kerneldatrecovery.com

Again, if you are truly concerned with protecting the data on your old hard drive, the best possible method of security is physical hard drive destruction.