Dispose of Hard Drives using DIY Methods
What personal data is stored on your PC or laptop? If you don’t destroy the data prior to recycling it, you’re leaving yourself at risk of identity theft. To address this issue, Pure Planet Recycling offer to the public at no cost a destruction of your hard drive. This is for people who would like to recycle their old computers in the Household Waste Recycling Centre but don’t destroy the data before doing so.
If you don’t know how to erase data permanently or you have a damaged hard drive (also called the hard disk) Our service is perfect for you. We break the drive and then recycle it in order to get the components. This means that data can’t be removed off your computer, thereby protecting your data — and it’s absolutely no cost.
How to dispose of Hard Drives using DIY Methods
Wipe It and Recycle
If you’d prefer to recycle your hard drive instead of physically damaging it, it’s essential to wipe it clean prior to dropping it in an recycling center. A hard drive that is wiped clean destroys the data that is stored on it.
Break the Hard Drive Physically
The physical breaking of a hard drive could cause irreparable damage to the data on it. Remember that physically damaging the hard drive is not causing any damage, but it renders the data inaccessible, however it won’t erase it completely.
Techniques for physically destroying drives include:
Hit it with a sledgehammer
It is crushed with huge weight
Drilling holes into it
These DIY methods not 100% foolproof, but they can also be risky. Furthermore, DIY methods to destroy the hard drive are not suitable to degrade large amounts of corporate hard drives.
Professional Hard Drive Disposal
Professionally-trained hard drive disposal is the only method that is guaranteed to eliminate a hard drive and the sensitive data in it, giving you a better rest. The equipment, methods and procedures used in professional disposal of hard drives make sure that the data on the drive has been 100 % destroyed.
Professionally-run hard drive disposal uses various tried and tested techniques and methods to eliminate the data. In certain situations there is only one method to ensure complete data destruction. In other instances the combination of multiple methods may be utilized to guarantee complete data destruction.
Degaussing of hard drives is an extremely advanced technique used to clean hard drives prior to recycling or disposal. Degaussers are available in different kinds and sizes, with different effectiveness, as well. Professionally run data destruction services picks the right degausser to the task in accordance with the present conditions.
Shredding a hard drive is a process where an instrument designed specifically for this purpose physically breaks down a hard disk into smaller pieces. The shred remains are chunks of steel that are by no way comparable to finely shred paper, so if you’re looking to meet more stringent demands for destruction of data Disintegrators may be the best choice for your requirements.
Hard Drive Disintegration
As with shredding and disintegration, it breaks down a hard drive into smaller, irregularly-shaped chunks of steel. But, unlike shredding the disintegration remnant is smaller in size, thereby ensuring an increased level of security. If you are looking for NSA-level data disposal security Disintegration is among the best ways to guarantee that.
The melting process can be used as a final stage part of “how to get rid from hard drive” procedure. There’s no specific equipment made to melt hard drives. Instead the hard drives go to a recycling facility and then disposed of into a tank of melting steel. Naturally, this ensures 100 % data destruction since there’s no possibility of recovering.