Hard Drive Destruction
Purchasing a new computer is a thrill for most people, but deciding how to destroy your old device can be difficult. No matter what job you hold, or if you work from home, hard drive destruction is an excellent way to protect your personal data. Once you have transferred all of your vital information to your new machine, you have no use for your old one. Shredding the hard drive is an affordable and permanent way to secure a computer’s data.
Companies machine-shred computer hard drives into small pieces. Data hackers or scavengers cannot reconstruct these pieces and the data is totally destroyed.
How do I find a company that shreds hard drives?
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is the international trade association for companies that provide data destruction services in the U.S., Australasia, Europe and Canada. Their website provides many resources for consumers; go to www.naidonline.com
You can also search online for “data destruction” or “hard drive shredding”.
Once you find a hard drive shredding company, ask them these questions:
What happens to the shredded data bits? Make sure they don’t end up in a landfill but are properly recycled.
What documentation do you provide? If you need a certain type of document for compliance, make sure you receive it when the data is destroyed.
What are the costs? Find out about discounts for shredding many disk drives at once, and about weekly or monthly contracts.