Author Elizabeth Wilmot

What is hard drive shredding

Many businesses and consumers often wonder what is hard drive shredding. A hard drive shredder is a mechanical device that physically destroys old hard drives in such a way that the data they contain cannot be recovered. At a minimum, this involves severing the platter in a drive as the platter is where the data is stored. Data Killers specializes in on-site hard drive shredding at any location nationwide and off-site hard drive shredding at our secure facilities. Our mobile service for on-site hard drive shredding is ideal for shredding large quantities of drives. With fully equipped and automated vehicles, Data Killers can pull up to any building or loading dock and destroy hard drives.

Hard drives can be shredded into miniscule particles. The data bits on a hard drive are not destroyed by formatting, or even by overwriting several times with other data and anyone who wanted that data could get help from somewhere like DriverSavers –– if they wanted to recover it. Specialized programs called hard drive shredding utilities overwrite data many times with “gibberish,” but some engineers claim that the original data may be recoverable by a determined expert even after this process unless overwriting has taken place hundreds of times. Drilling holes in an old hard drive will not necessarily work, because some tracks are likely to remain un-severed unless hundreds of holes are drilled. Data Killers proprietary four shaft technology, which is self-contained and self-powered in our trucks and warehouses, allows us to shred any type of material down to the size of a dime. Our hard drive shredding process not only cuts and shreds the metal but, by forcing it through the cutters and screens, it also compacts the hard drive rendering it completely unrecoverable. With advanced forensics and recovery techniques, disc shredding size is critically important which is why we offer a variety of shred sizes including 10mm, 20mm and 30mm. We can even disintegrate solid state drives down to 2mm.

The most effective way to ensure complete data destruction on a defunct hard drive is to pulverize the assembly, in much the same way as a wood chipper disposes of tree limbs and brush. Environmental precautions must be taken when this is done, because the resulting particles can be toxic. For the enterprise concerned about data theft, trusting a company like Data Killers offers the best solution to the data destruction problem. Our hard drive shredding services include secure pickup and transport, compliance with environmental regulations, and certification of data destruction.