It goes without saying that your data is sensitive. No matter what type of business you are in you have data that needs to remain private. I know personally I have hundreds of spreadsheets analyzing customer behaviors, sales figures, company cash flow information as well as anything else that can be analyzed. Once a company begins hiring employees your data becomes even more sensitive as social security numbers, bank accounts, and other personal information must be electronically filed away. When it comes time to upgrade and dispose of your computers, laptops, and servers an important decision must be made. Who are you going to trust to handle your ultra-sensitive data that it is written and stored on your hard drives?
Just about any computer recycling company will address hard drive destruction when asked about it. You can probably find it mentioned on their website. When it comes down to it, how will your hard drives be dealt with? Very few companies will offer or have the capability to perform onsite data destruction on your hard drives. The type of data destruction that you can see with your own eyes. It comes down to a trust factor when your computers are hauled off for recycling and your sensitive data goes with them. The security of your company rides on the company policy and integrity of your chosen computer recycling company. This is the primary reason we have always since the inception of the company offered onsite physical destruction of computer hard drives. It’s a trust factor. There are no questions left when you witness a hard drive being physically destroyed. When we leave the parking lot on a hard drive destruction project the security issue is over. I would hope that most computer recycling companies do the right thing and exercise due diligence and integrity in their offsite data destruction policies.
When computers and laptops are recycled, they are resold as part of the recycling process in many cases. Computers and laptops are worth more to a recycling company with intact hard drives. This is not a bad thing. After all reuse has a much more positive impact on the environment than smelting and recycling. You cannot reuse a hard drive after it has been physically destroyed. Isn’t that the point of physical data destruction? The bottom line is this. Make sure you know who you are doing business with when it comes time to dispose of your computer hardware. If you are comfortable with offsite unwitnessed destruction make sure you are provided documentation. We provide our customers with a certificate of destruction that lists every serial number of every drive we process. When it comes to computer recycling companies, choose wisely!