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Do I Need A Data Destruction Company?

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May 4, 2016
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If your business is trying to figure out whether or not it needs to hire a data destruction company, there are a few things to consider. In the first place, companies have been using data destruction companies to ensure that sensitive information does not get into the wrong hands. Even if you have deleted files from computers, the information is still located in the hard drive. While there are different options to get rid of data stored on hard drives, destroying the data might be the best option for you and your business. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about hiring a data destruction company in Los Angeles.

Data can be destroyed in several ways. For example, you can lose data through a software that overwrites that data that is already written. If it is written over enough times, then the original information will eventually be untraceable and unreadable. Another option is to degauss your hard drive. During the degaussing process, information that is stored on magnetic tapes and disk drives are destroyed by changing the overall magnetic field. Depending on the strength of the tape type and drive, the power of the magnet should be adjusted. The final option is to destroy the hard drive physically. When this happens, the data is completely unreadable. This option is best when the hard drive will not be reused, recycled, or given to charity. If you will be reusing or donating the computer, merely overwriting or degaussing the tape is sufficient.

West Coast Computer Recycler is a certified physical data destruction company. Other than hard drives, they also destroy USB thumb drives, solid state drives, data tape cartridges, RAM sticks, CD/DVD media, laptops, portable music devices and more. If you are thinking about destroying your data, consider West Coast Computer Recycler. They will even provide a data destruction quote.

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