Data Destruction – Why should I care?

One of our Value Added Services to our clients has been our FREE recycling of electronics. This includes all computers, TVs, printers, servers, network gear and copper or aluminum cabling. One of the questions we get regularly surrounds the issue of privacy.

“Should we just trash our old pc/server?”

Our answer is NO, do not simply trash it. Beyond the environmental concern about improper disposal, there is the concern of your old data being made available to the public. Once you send something to the curb, it becomes public domain and with things like hard drives, usb flash drives and cellphones, if they are not wiped correctly, the data can be recovered by any nosy parties.

There are 3 main reasons why you should care about disposal of your old equipment.

Privacy and Security of your old data
Lost opportunity to recycle, re-purpose or reuse equipment that may still be worth something on a secondary or charitible market.
Environmental contamination if not properly disposed of

Our primary goal is to keep your data safe.

Our second goal is to re-purpose or reuse any equipment we can. In cases where we destroy the hard drives for our clients, we may be able to donate or take parts out of the rest of the computer in order to donate a working pc to charity. Sometimes a printer, copier or scanner comes in for disposal which is actually still fully functional. It may have been only unwanted by the original owner and in that kind of case, we would clean it up and donate it where possible.

Our third goal is to keep as much out of landfills as possible. That is why our recycling partners are full metal and e-waste handlers who breakdown the components ready for manufacturers to use again as raw material.

The advantage of our Data Destruction and Recycling service is that we guarantee that your data is 100% destroyed.

How do we do that? Here is a breakdown of our process.

1) We log in every data storage device that is scheduled for destruction. This means we record in our database whose device it is, its serial number, its general description, the date it was received and any special considerations.

2) We wait 30 days before destroying anything. There have been occasions where a client gave us a computer to decommission and after a few days realized there was still something they needed to retrieve. We inform the clients upon reception of the gear, that they have 30 days to stop us, otherwise it proceeds on schedule.

3) At the 30 day mark, our technician physically destroys the device with our drill press. By drilling a hard drive, the inside platters that store the data are shattered beyond recovery. In the case of SSD or Flash drive, the chips are destroyed by the drill with the same effect.


4) The drilled drives are then sent to a metal recycling company which breaks them down further into recyclable and non-recyclable parts. In the case of whole computers or servers, the drives may be removed and held during our waiting period but the chassis may end up at our recycler sooner than the drilled drives.

5) We mark our log as complete and our clients can inquire anytime to the status of the drive. If a certificate is required, we can issue one to the client at this stage.

*Did you know that photocopiers, phone systems and security camera systems all have hard drives and data storage in them as well?

So the next time you have a shelf full of old computers, monitors, printers or any electronic junk, give us a call and we will have one of techs come by and pickup the gear at no charge. (Some exceptions and limitations apply)

(our old data destruction method…)

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