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Why Shredding Hard Drives is Valuable for Businesses

hard drive destruction Posted on September 17, 2019

For a lot of organizations, getting rid of hard drives may be something that isn’t even considered: delete the data and dispose. However, the reality of the situation is that many companies improperly erase their sensitive and confidential data, leaving it to be easily retrieved and used maliciously. This scenario is even more likely for businesses that aren’t having their used hard drives professionally destroyed.

Luckily, there are numerous companies that specialize in permanently and securely shredding hard drives, some onsite and others in specially protected trucks or offices. Having hard drives physically shredded is extremely valuable for businesses for a variety of reasons.

Ensure Data is Unrecoverable

One of the most important reasons to have hard drives shredded is the fact that valuable data is completely destroyed and cannot be retrieved. Criminals are able to access information from damaged hard drives or even from those that had software “erase” them. For companies that work with financial information, health data, credit card or social security numbers, this type of breach could be catastrophic. By having old hard drives physically destroyed with high-security shredding machines, businesses can rest assured their data and clients are safe.

Meet Regulatory Compliance

Most organizations need to follow strict federal guidelines and regulations regarding compliance, including HIPAA, FACTA, HITECH, etc. At B.C. Records Management Services, we are knowledgeable about all of these regulations as well as the proper steps needed to take in order to maintain compliance of them. It is our job to ensure these regulations are followed and hard drives are properly disposed of according to the guidelines of electronic data storage media.

Avoid Major Expenses

With this, businesses are able to avoid facing heavy fines that come from not correctly disposing of data storage media or not following compliance regulations, handing these worries over to professionals who deal with these guidelines all of the time. By adequately destroying vital information and confidential data, companies are also eliminating the risk of a massive security breach, resulting in thousands (or millions) of dollars in IT repairs, litigations, and investigations, not to mention the immeasurable amount of damage to their reputation.

Free Up Office Space

For a majority of businesses, space in the workplace is limited, so getting rid of stored hard drives can be a valuable practice. It also gives key decision makers the freedom to migrate to new technologies and upgrade computers, providing confidence that the old systems will be permanently destroyed.

Hard Drive Destruction Services

Although a simple hard drive wipe might work for the typical consumer, for businesses, this is just not an acceptable solution. Utilizing a hard drive destruction services completed by a professional shredding company is the only option that ensures all data can no longer be recovered and any private information stays that way.

B.C. Records Management Services

Established in 1989, our Secure Document Shredding Services offer hard drive destruction both on-site or off-site. The entire process is 100% secure from start to finish with a Certificate of Destruction issued for all destruction services.

For locations where on-site destruction is impractical or restricted, material is brought directly back to our facility in Burnaby and destroyed immediately by our mobile unit in our secured area located at the rear of our company owned facility. At B.C. Records, we have taken steps to ensure your peace of mind throughout the entire hard drive destruction process.