we use the same erasure and sanitisation methods employed by the British Government and global military forces to destory sensitive data and prepare drives ready for reuse.
we offer a range of digital destruction services in accorance with international data sanitisation standards.
we offer 3 pass, 5 pass and 7 pass data wiping services, similar to the processes used by the British Government for data destruction.
hard drives can be expensive to replace time and time again.
we provide hard drive partitioning services to split down your drive and schedule digital desturction and data wiping services before returnign the drive back tou you.
the most secure way to destroy or ensure completely destruction of a hard drive is by physically destroying the hard drive.
we work with WEEE compliant destruction specialist who can crush or degauss your device after a digital santisiation service.
in a word, yes. there are many different terms used to describe the digital process of “deleting” information.
wiping, erasing, destroying, sanitising, cleaning, scrubbing, shredding are all common terms used by different companies, erasure processes and software programs to explain how they “delete” data.
degaussing was a popular method for destroying data that were written on magnetic media such as hard disks, floppy disks and tapes.
the media would be exposed to a powerful magnet for a few seconds and with the push of a button, the data would be erased from the media.
today, most data destruction companies use crushing as a means of physical destruction of media or a digital sanitisation method to allow the owner to use the hard disk again.
there are 3 primary reasons that affect the process time of a data erasure program;
1. the size of the hard disk wil have a big impact on how long it takes to delete your information. the bigger the hard drive, the more data to be processed.
2. the type of data erasure process and the amount of “passes” needed to satisfy your sanitisation needs. Some programs will “pass over” a drive once, but if you want a more secure process, then you may want 3, 5, 7 or even 35 passes to make sure that there are no traces of data left on your hard disk.
3. the health of your hard drive also has an impact, a healthy hard drive will allow software programs to access all the different areas of your hard drive to process your data, but if your hard drive is damaged or corrupted this can prevent the software tools from performing their functions effectively and could lead to longer processing times.
In short, no it won’t.
“erasing” a hard drive is the also known as “cleaning” a hard drive. The process will simply prepare your hard drive to be partitioned and formatted again ready for use.
This is why “re-formatting” your hard drive also leaves significant data on your drive which can be recovered.
When you access the drive after this process it will look “clean” and empty, but data will still be recoverable.
so here’s the thing with hard drives; your data doesn’t get deleted.
when you put files into the trash, or reformat a hard drive or clean your hard drive, the operating system merely marks the existing space as “reusable space”. your data still exists on the drive until is has been overwritten with new information.
data wiping, erasing, or sanitisation is the process of writing layers upon layers of nothing onto your hard drive over and over again until the only thing left is nothing.
solid state drives (ssd) are becoming more and more popular due to their robustness and no moving parts or weakness to magnetic forces;
as such, they cannot be destoryed by the method called degaussing.
a 5 or 7 method pass is enough to wipe the data from a solid state drive, and of course, crushing is also an effective method.
some companies and website warn that too many passes or writes will shorten the life of your solid state drive, but this the equivilent of saying “don’t take too many corners because your tyres will wear out“.
At some point every PC, laptop or storage device will be replaced. This may be due to failure of the device or it simply reaches the end of its intended life cycle and needs to be replaced by quicker, more powerful computers.
Before replacing and recycling old PCs with any type of “hard drives”, all data should be erased. Failure to do so can lead to facing serious consequences.
This is as true for a home user as it is a business. Nobody wants their personal documents, which can include banking information to fall into the wrong hands, aiding identity theft and fraud. F
or businesses, it should be an even bigger concern. Failure to properly wipe all machines can lead to customers’, employees’ and other commercial data from being exposed leading to large fines and penalties.
it is correct to say that magnetic forces on your hard dirve can cause it to break and be unusable, however it comes with some caveats.
you would need an incredibly powerful magnet to make sure that the drive is completely unsusable and most WEEE compliant destruction companies find that crushing is more effective than degaussing (magnets).
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