Author Elizabeth Wilmot

Solid State Media Destruction

As technology continually evolves, so does Data Killers data destruction services, capabilities and equipment. The recent trend in computing technology is upgrading from traditional hard drives to solid state hard drives (SSDs). Many businesses and government organizations have already transitioned from traditional hard drives to solid state hard drives. With an average usage life of 10 years there is a growing need for solid state media destruction. This is why we are now proud to offer destruction of all SSD technology including classified solid state hard drives, iPhones, and thumb drives. So our readers can understand the significance of this offering, we thought we would take a moment to describe the difference between solid state hard drives and traditional hard drives.


The traditional spinning hard drive (HDD) is the basic nonvolatile storage on a computer. That is, it doesn’t “go away” like the data on the system memory when you turn the system off. Hard drives are essentially metal platters with a magnetic coating. That coating stores data, whether that data consists of weather reports from the last century, a high-definition copy of the Star Wars trilogy, or classified information. A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning in a hard drive enclosure.An SSD does much the same job functionally as an HDD, but instead of a magnetic coating on top of platters, the data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there’s no power present.


The difference in the method that the data is stored on an HDD versus an SSD is the reason why the destruction for solid state technology is specialized requiring high end equipment. Data Killers continues to lead the way in the latest data destruction protocols. We began researching the destruction of SSDs years ago in order to be ready to securely and accurately destroy them in compliance with all NSA and DoD regulations. With our NSA approved equipment, Data Killers is ready and willing to take on certified, solid state media destruction of all solid state hard drives and media.