If you have old pieces of technology, such as old computers or hard drives, you may be wondering what to do with them all. In many states, it is considered illegal to throw away old computers into a landfill as it can be harmful to the environment. One of the most effective ways to get rid of old hard drives, while ensuring that your data remains safe, is through data destruction or hard drive shredding.
Hard drive shredding is the only sure fire way to safely and securely destroy old data. Much like a wood chipper is used for trees and other materials, a shredder is used on hard drives. Other forms include data wiping for example. With this method, strong magnets are used to scramble the information stored on the hard drive so that it becomes unreadable. Another way is to rewrite code over the data until it becomes unreadable. However, an expert that is highly determined could potentially sift through the coding and unlock your data and information. When your hard drive is shredded, you can rest easy knowing that all of your old data will not be able to fall into the wrong hands. Once you have decided to shred your hard drive, there are a couple of decisions to make.
The first choice to make is whether or not you want to purchase an HDD shredder of your own or contract an outside service. While you can purchase hard drive shredders, they are costly and potentially dangerous as well if not used by trained professionals. When you hire an outside contractor, you can experience professionalism and a job well done. West Coast Computer Recycler is an off-site, data destruction company that will help with all your data destruction needs. From hard drives to RAM sticks to other portable devices, West Coast Computer Recycler can get the job done. They will also schedule a pickup of your items to make it easier for you. West Coast Computer Recycler is also compliant with regulations stated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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