In the day and age of technology, we often forget that they need to be cleaned out. Unlike when you have to get rid of paper, you would just shred it and throw it away. But, with hard drives it is not the same. Because we use computers to store our data, it has made it more convenient and manageable. Though, they are not endless and information will need to be destroyed when n longer relevant. Now, you may say to delete it, and you would be write. It is just that when you have a server for a business let’s say, it gets a bit trickier. If you are in this situation, then I advise you to consider a data destruction service to handle this job. Mainly due to the time and resources it would take, in order to handle it yourself. But, these services can handle the job in a variety of ways to suit your need and budget.
- The cheapest and most simplistic way of destroying hard drives, is the destruction of the hard drive itself. Though due to some of the components housed sometimes, it may require special handling in the destruction process. This process will completely destroy the hard drive and any information that it may have had. Destruction of the hard drives cost usually from two to four dollars per hard drive.
- The more expensive option is wiping them. But, you can reuse the hard drive for future storage. Programs designed to wipe the hard drive are installed and will take some time to complete the task. This can run you from seven to twelve dollars per hard drive. Again, though it is more expensive on a large wipe, it can save you money on buying new ones.
- A third option is available that destroys the hard drives the same as the first option. The only difference is that shredding is faster. Taking only the disk from from inside the hard drives, they place them in industrial shredders to be destroyed. It is very much like that of a paper shredder, just a lot more powerful.
Now, you may just consider leaving them in a dumpster and call it a day. But, that isn’t recommended and if you host client information, that information can be at risk. Anyone can just dumpster dive for salvage and come across them, leaving all information vulnerable to happens to pass by. The same way thrown out files can be.
If you also happen to have the need to dispose of things that are not hard drives. If you have older and obsolete hardware, you can often hire these companies to handle disposing of them. Because as technology advances the more often you will have to upgrade your hardware. Some places will even give you a return on scrap material that was salvaged. With these incentives, you really save in the end. Don’t take my word for it, if you have a large amount of data that needs to be destroyed. It would be smart looking into a professional third party that can be trust for security and quality.