Scrap Hard Drives

Written by Nicole Madison
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You may choose to scrap, recycle, donate, or sell your used hard drives. Before you dispose of your unwanted hard drives, be sure they are wiped clean of data. Erasing or deleting information is not enough to prevent skilled individuals from being able to recover important data from your discarded hard drives. With identity theft becoming increasingly common, it makes sense to take steps to protect your data before you dispose of your drives.

Scrap Used Hard Drives

Some individuals, concerned with protecting sensitive information, choose to scrap hard drives to prevent their confidential data from falling into the wrong hands. When hard drives are scrapped, the drives are low level formatted and all traces of data, programs, and files are wiped away. After the hard drives are wiped clean, they are physically destroyed. The hard drive metals are then separated and reduced to scrap. Finally, the scrap metal is recycled. This method is used for working hard drives.

A different method is used for hard drives that are not functioning. In this case, the hard drives are opened and all the data is destroyed using a magnetic field. After the data is destroyed, the metal is separated, reduced to scrap, and subsequently recycled.

Most computer owners don't need to go as far as scrapping their hard drives. Wiping hard drives clean, using specially designed software, is usually enough for the average computer user. However, for individuals with particularly sensitive data or businesses with confidential customer records or financial data to protect, this method of hard drive disposal may be the best option.

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