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November 17, 2015

Right Way vs. Wrong Way To Destroy a Hard-Drive

In today’s rapidly changing digital climate, most of us fear giving away too much information thanks to almost catastrophic hacks of information. David McCandless, a London-based author, writer, and designer created a compelling, and frightening, visual of the world’s biggest breaches in security.

We think storing information on hard drive keeps the information much safer than in the cloud or on a desktop. That’s true. But destroying a hard drive the wrong way can still leave us vulnerable to a breach in security.

Though your company’s entire portfolio may contain fewer names than the smallest bubble on McCandless chart, you still possess intimate details of people who have been your clients or patients. Your data may be private medical records, social security numbers, credit card information, or birth dates. Thanks to the sensitive nature of these records, if personal information of those you have served reaches the public forum you’re not only breaching trust; you’re risking legal and financial hazards.

Time To Destroy The Hard Drives
At some point, cases end or credit cards expire and you need to properly dispose of the hard drives containing outdated information. Plus, the hard drives holding the private details take up valuable storage space. You cannot simply throw the drives in the garbage can. Those drives must be destroyed. And no matter how many times you punch them after a long day, they seem indestructible.
You also understand you cannot simply erase information from a drive and expect that the data to be inaccessible. Even though files have been erased, they can still be accessed by someone skilled in information retrieval). No one wants to be the next Ashley Madison scandal.

How To Destroy A Hard Drive The Wrong Way
Though you can scour the internet and find quite a few “do it yourself” ways to destroy hard drives, like microwaving, sandblasting, or taking it apart piece by piece, none of these can be constituted as the right way to destroy a hard drive. All of these consume A LOT of valuable time and none of them guarantees actual destruction.
To truly honor the integrity and privacy of your clients, it’s best to hire a professional shredding company like PROSHRED®.
At PROSHRED® we provide complete hard drive destruction with our secure, onsite service. Our custom method will eliminate every hard drive you no longer need giving you peace of mind so you can continue to do what you do best; run your amazing business.

How To Destroy A Hard Drive The Right Way
Each process starts at your place of business.
We drive our state-of-the-art equipment to you! Your documents should be handled with care and we believe destroying them on site yields the safest, most reliable results.

You watch as we transport the hard drives you want destroyed.
You’ve stored the files in a safe place and we want to ensure you know these documents will remain protected. We destroy only what you give us.

Each hard drive code is copied and scanned into a log for you.
Taking the time to document each hard drive being destroyed keeps you safe. We want to ensure that you know exactly what was destroyed so if anyone comes to you to question an information breach, you’ll have a record that it was not from you!

Based on your preference the drives are destroyed either in a high density shredder or through a punch system.
Destruction of the hard drives is up to you. We provide both a high density shredder that destroys 1,000 hard drives per hour. PROSHRED® also offers a punch system electronic device destroyer.

Upon destruction of all hard drives you’re given a Certification of Destruction
Once the sensitive material has been turned into mulch, you’re presented with a certificate guaranteeing the hard drives have been destroyed the right way. This certificate gives your company peace of mind and looks so lovely on your wall!

See it in action!


Destroying hard drives the right way protects you and your clients. The wrong way can be time consuming and still allow for security breaches. Be safe out there!

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