Is wiping a hard drive enough to protect your data?

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So, you’ve completely wiped your hard drive and now you’ve securely disposed of that data right? Not necessarily! Unless you have the correct equipment and software to complete the job professionally, the only other way to ensure your hard drive data is secure is physical destruction.

Many businesses still pay no regard to data stored on old computers before sending them off to recycling, making no attempt whatsoever to safeguard the potentially sensitive information contained within.

Many companies still haven’t updated security protocols or procedures to take obsolete hard drives and electronic media into account, either stockpiling old equipment or disposing of it without due care and attention.

When looking to get rid of obsolete hardware and avoid data theft from electronic media, the following tips are worth considering –

  • If not using a specialist company such as RecycleIT4U to handle your data disposal, destroy all obsolete hard drives at the end of their life. However, it’s still worth making sure that you research exactly how to effectively destroy the drive.
  • Perform regular clear-outs of old hardware rather than allowing it to stockpile. Data protection stipulates that personal data should not be kept for longer than the purpose for which it was collected in the first place. Even the simple act of storing them could mean you are breaking the law.
  • Conduct regular reviews of your security policies and procedures to incorporate all forms of new and emerging media and upgrades. Staff training is also another area to consider.

If you need help with any of your processes regarding data and hardware RecycleIT4U can help.

Recycle IT 4 U offer a wide ranging servicing encompassing secure hardware and data disposal.

RecycleIT4U offer a fast, efficient and friendly service to help recycle your unwanted electrical goods with a simple automated collection system.
To book a collection you can either use our online form or you can speak to us direct during our normal office hours. Our collection booking telephone number is 01952 580814.

We will collect redundant PCs, laptops, monitors, servers, network products, printers, EPOS, Scanners, UPS, cabling, AV equipment, projectors, telephones, mobiles and fax machines using our own vehicles at an agreed date and time.

An official WEEE disposal certificate will be issued, quoting serial number, asset tag and 
description of all the items collected.

Hazardous waste notes will be issued for redundant equipment such as monitors and batteries that contain hazardous materials.

We can also ensure secure data destruction. The security of unwanted data held on file by way of magnetic media, computer hard drives, 
backup tapes, CD’s or floppy drives is controlled by the Data Protection Act 1998. All data bearing devices are dealt with by Recycle IT 4U in one of two ways:-

  • Physical shredding
  • Electronic wiping of DATA (only applicable if approved by you the customer)

Data held on hard drives is removed or eradicated using approved software and hardware in accordance with internationally recognised standards.

We also pride ourselves in refurbishing, reusing and recycling for spares and repairs as much as possible, so equipment can have a second lease of life.

Any equipment not suitable for our refurbishment programme or spares, is separated and then sent in bulk to our Strategic Partner, the world’s largest waste management company for further recycling and separation into glass, metal and plastics and reintroduced into the manufacturing chain as raw materials.