How to Destroy a Hard Drive before Disposal
The golden rule of destroying a hard drive before it’s disposed of is firstly ‘backup’ your data. It probably needs to go without saying but don’t backup your data to a partition on the hard drive your disposing of (it happens). It’s easy to think you’re backing up to another hard drive when in reality you’re just backing up to a section of the hard disk you are destroying. Don’t forget business data especially needs to be backed up securely, failure can result in a trip to federal prison.
Next, after the backup wipe the drive. A hard drive needs to be wiped before beginning destruction. While the more advanced methods of destruction (i.e. EMP and Shredding) will do a pretty good job of rendering data irretrievable, you have to be 100 percent guaranteed. Wiping your data and then destroying the hard drive is the best way. Realistically, a serious wipe of your computer will probably do the job without needing to shred the disk, only highly skilled individuals with very serious equipment would have any chance at recovering your data. A hard drive wipe, and then a shred, will truly result in a job well done – not even the NSA could rebuild your hard drive!
The Newtech Corporate Recycling team provide everything from the wiping to the shredding of hard drives. The service starts by opening the computer case to find the hard disk drive. Computer drives are located in different spots in each type of case, sometimes located within a metal box. Thankfully, the team have a great deal of experience and usually have a hard disk drive out of a computer in a few minutes. Newtech offers a business service that will remove hard drives and destroy them at your location or within our secure facility.
You could open the hard drive yourself, remove the magnets, then remove the platter and shatter or cut up the drive yourself to ensure the hard drive is destroyed before you send it to Newtech for disposal. However, 99.9% of our clients usually rely on our data destruction team and their checks and balances to ensure the job gets done 100% correctly without you having to do anything. CLICK HERE to go back to the top of the list for Frequently Asked Questions about Hard Drive Disposal, Data Destruction & Permanently Deleting Files on a Computer or Phone.
How to Destroy a Hard Drive Disk?
To answer the question of “how to destroy a hard drive disk”, you have to look at the different types of hard drives in use. Obviously, the type of hardware dictates the type of hard drive you might be looking to destroy. For example, destroying a computer hard drive disk or wiping the files on an iPhones hard drive can involve a totally different process to destroying a laptop disk. Apart from the difference in shape and size hard drive disks also vary in materials. The modern, super-fast hard drive exists in a solid state, with no actual spinning disk, much like the computer stick (USB memory). EMP charges are less effective on solid state hard drives; they have to physically be destroyed by hard drive shredding. The Newtech Corporate Recycling hard drive and data destruction programme is designed to identify what type of hard disk drive you have and deliver the exact solution needed to utterly destroy it and any hidden data held on it. For more information about this service call now: 732.564.3110. CLICK HERE to go back to the top of the list for Frequently Asked Questions about Hard Drive Disposal, Data Destruction & Permanently Deleting Files on a Computer or Phone.
How to Destroy a PC Drive Disk?
The question of how to dispose of hard drives from computers is the single most frequently asked. A lot of callers need to know how to dispose of hard drives safely and just as importantly, how to dispose of hard drives securely? Our reply to this is don’t attempt to destroy a PC’s hard disk yourself, driving nails or burning a drive disk just makes the job of destroying it properly harder for us. If you really feel you need to destroy a PC drive disk before sending Newtech your computer to recycle then use ‘drive disk killing software’ that should wipe the data from the drive and then ask us to shred it as a double measure. CLICK HERE to go back to the top of the list for Frequently Asked Questions about Hard Drive Disposal, Data Destruction & Permanently Deleting Files on a Computer or Phone.
How to Permanently Delete Data from a Computer?
We get asked how to permanently delete data from iPhones, Tablets & iPads quite frequently. We are even asked how to permanently delete files from a Mac operating system as many feel it might be a different process to permanently deleting files from hard drives using a Windows computer or PC. The process of permanently deleting files from a computer is the same, whether a MAC or Windows OS is being used and even if it’s a PC or laptop. The question we tend to ask is just how permanently do, you want to delete files from the computer. I.e. do you want to delete data without ever being able to recover it but still use the hard drive? Or, do you want to permanently delete files from a PC hard drive with a view to disposing of the computer or hard drive?
If you are asking “how to permanently delete files from a hard drive?” with a view to keeping the hard drive for further use, then we are unable to assist you. The Newtech service is focused on how to permanently delete files from a PC hard drive that needs to be recycled or disposed of.
If you are interested in how to permanently delete files from a Mac hard drive, or how to permanently delete files from Windows hard drives before disposing of you Mac or PC then we can help. There is a fee for this service, it’s not very much money but apart from providing peace of mind, it’s absolutely essential, so please call today to get the most up-to-date prices or to book the service. CLICK HERE to go back to the top of the list for Frequently Asked Questions about Hard Drive Disposal, Data Destruction & Permanently Deleting Files on a Computer or Phone.
How to Quickly Destroy a Hard Drive?
We’ve all seen the movies where computer hackers are quickly trying to fry all their hard drives before the Feds kick down the door. In reality we rarely get asked “how to quickly destroy a hard drive?” the usual question is “how quickly can you destroy hard drives?” The answer depends on how many hard drives you need to shred? Newtech Corporate Recycling is constantly destroying hard drives, on average; a hard drive shredder can destroy over 200 hard disks an hour. CLICK HERE to go back to the top of the list for Frequently Asked Questions about Hard Drive Disposal, Data Destruction & Permanently Deleting Files on a Computer or Phone.
NJ Hard Drive Destruction - Certified, Secure and Onsite
To physically destroy a hard drive and then recycle the remains of the hard drive legally you need to be State approved to handle ewaste. Scrapping old business computers is not simply a case of throwing them into a dumpster or giving them to a recycler you should always check that they a fully certified. Knowing what to do with old computers is important because failure to recycle properly and destroy even the data on a photocopier can result in massive fines and long term incarceration. CLICK HERE to go back to the top of the list for Frequently Asked Questions about Hard Drive Disposal, Data Destruction & Permanently Deleting Files on a Computer or Phone.
Where Do I Dispose Of Hard Drives?
Knowing where to dispose of old computers, who can wipe the files of a hard disk drive and how to wipe hard drives correctly is important knowledge. The Newtech Corporate Electronics Recycling Service has been created to provide that knowledge and help you make the right choices. This service helps protect you legally and works to uphold all the environmental laws in place to ensure this type of ewaste remains out of landfill sites. There is a small fee for this service but we hope you’ll think it’s worth every penny, call today for more information: 732.564.3110 CLICK HERE to go back to the top of the list for Frequently Asked Questions about Hard Drive Disposal, Data Destruction & Permanently Deleting Files on a Computer or Phone.