Every business eventually needs to get rid of their current hard drives. Depending on what type of hard drive you have, you could have it for as little as a few years before you need to start looking at replacements. Your hard drives are filled with important company and personal data. When it’s time to replace these, you can’t just toss them and be done with it. Securely disposing of old hard drives is more work than you can do on your own, especially if you’re a business getting rid of a large amount of equipment. To protect your business, you need to have them destroyed responsibly so the data can no longer be accessed. 

If you have old hard drives at your business, here’s what you need to do when it’s time to get rid of them. 

Why is Data Destruction Important?

Data destruction is extremely important for any business when they get rid of electronics. Hard drives contain a business’s important data, which is difficult for a person to fully erase on their own. Many might think they’ve successfully wiped their hard drive, but they aren’t aware of how easily the wrong person will still be able to access it. A business’s hard drives will also contain confidential information about their customers and clients, and they have a responsibility to protect this. If a business doesn’t ensure that data is being carefully destroyed, they could get into serious trouble. Getting help with data destruction is easy, so there is no reason for any business to be irresponsible when getting rid of electronics and taking this risk. 

Save All of Your Old Files

Before you do anything to get rid of your old hard drives, you need to ensure that everything is backed up elsewhere. Once you get rid of your old hard drives, there’s no way of getting back what was lost on them. It can be easy to forget about something that might not seem important right now, but you could end up needing it in the future. While this step might seem obvious to some, it’s always worth checking off just to be sure your data is still accessible when you need it. 

Have the Data Wiped

If you have electronics that are still in good working order, you might choose to donate what you can instead of recycling them. Making sure that all of your data is erased is harder than it may seem and is more work than simply deleting files. Having all of the data on your hard drive wiped ensures that no one will be able to retrieve it anymore. If you plan on donating or selling your old electronics, it would be best to find a professional who can help you safely and securely wipe the hard drive, so you aren’t taking any risks. 

Destroy the Hard Drive

If your hard drive is no longer usable, you need to have it physically destroyed. To make sure that this is done correctly, you need to bring it to a qualified company to handle data destruction. At Newtech, our data destruction process helps ensure that the hard drive on your electronics gets destroyed so that you don’t have to worry about anyone accessing your important data. We not only wipe all of the data from your old hard drive, but we also use an electromagnetic pulse that destroys any information on the hard drive. After this, we physically destroy the hard drive itself by shredding it.

Recycle Everything Responsibly 

How to safely destroy hard drives isn’t the only thing to take into consideration when your business has old electronics to get rid of. You also need to take the necessary steps to ensure that anything that can be recycled is taken care of properly. Electronics that aren’t properly disposed of aren’t just a threat to your business’s data but also our entire environment. These electronics can release harmful toxins into the air, soil, and water if they’re thrown away like regular garbage, which can seriously impact the environment. Because of this, you need e-waste recycling when you’re getting rid of your business’s unwanted electronics. Not only do electronics become extremely toxic when put in landfills, but it’s also a huge waste of resources. Electronics contain many precious metals that can be reused to create something new if they’re recycled. 

At Newtech Recycling, we can help ensure that all of your hard drives are destroyed, and all of your other electronics are recycled responsibly. Learn more about e-waste recycling and how Newtech Recycling can help your business.