Hard Drive Shredding

Many companies and individuals choose to store their information on hard drives.

When it’s time to retire these devices, HES’s hard drive shredding service guarantees that the sensitive data once contained on the disks will be destroyed and rendered irretrievable.

Hard Drive Shredding Services

The commercial availability of hard drives has completely changed how we store information. For example, a single 250GB hard drive can hold around 30,000 photos. Information that would have required massive amounts of physical space on paper can be condensed to around a pound of weight and fit in the palm of a hand.

However, this convenience comes with a price. A single misplaced hard drive is enough to place the personal information of thousands of people at risk. Most individuals perform at least a cursory deletion when they prepare to dispose or sell an old hard drive, but this isn’t nearly enough to protect the information contained on the hardware.

Hard drive shredding is a process by which the hard drive is rendered completely unusable, guaranteeing the protection and security of the data it holds. HES’s hard drive destruction service operates under the same strict parameters for security as document shredding, ensuring an unbroken chain of custody and providing you with a written record of destruction.

How Hard Drive Shredding Works

Many businesses operate under the assumption that if a hard drive is erased, reformatted, and degaussed, it should be safe to sell or reuse. In actuality, all data once contained on the hard drive can still be recovered, even after the standard methods of deletion are applied. The only way to guarantee that the information is no longer vulnerable is through the physical destruction of the hard drive.

Our state-of-the-art shredding equipment makes quick work of hard drives, thoroughly destroying the circular disks that magnetically store data. Our machines will also render all electronic components useless, ensuring that no element of your hard drive is left operational or repairable.

What to Expect At Your Shredding Appointment

A uniformed technician will arrive at the place and time you specify with one of our state-of-the-art shredding trucks. They will collect the hard drives you’d like shredded and carefully document the serial numbers of each one before personally overseeing the destruction process. When all hard drives have been destroyed, they will provide you with a Certificate of Destruction before securely transporting the hard drive remains back to our facility. Once they arrive, they will be sent to a trusted local partner for recycling.

We Provide a Detailed Certificate of Destruction

When the destruction process is complete, your technician will issue you a Certificate of Destruction. This document records the exact serial numbers of every hard drive that was destroyed and details the precise transfer of custody during the appointment. It provides legal proof that you made sure the data contained on the hard drives was destroyed according to the mandates established by all current federal and state privacy laws.

The Importance of Hard Drive Shredding

  • Industry Regulations – Certain acts, like HIPAA, have precise requirements for data disposal that hard drive shredding is necessary to meet.
  • Protect Your Information – Even if a hard drive is dead or erased, it’s still recoverable. Shredding guarantees that the information can never be stolen after it leaves your control.
  • Maintain Custody Until Destruction – Throwing out an old computer or leaving it in a public recycling bin leaves open the possibility that it could be stolen. Hard drive shredding allows you to maintain full control over the device and its data until the exact second that it is rendered unrecoverable.
  • Legal Accountability – Companies who handle the personal information of their clients have an obligation to protect that information. Hard drive shredding fulfills that legal contract without costing the business any employee time.

100% Privacy Law Compliance

Federal and state laws present certain regulations regarding the treatment and disposal of personally identifying information. HES’s services are fully compliant with these laws, which means that businesses can be confident that the information in their care was destroyed without any opportunity for theft or compromise.

Environmental Care and Awareness

At HES, we make sure that every piece of media we process is carefully recycled through a trusted local partner. Recycling the e-waste produced by hard drives and other storage devices can save up to 70% of the energy required to extract those same materials from the earth.

The HES Experience: Unparalleled Support and Service

As a locally owned and operated company, we take pride in providing our customers with the very best in service and support. We take care of every stage of the disposal process, working with you to make sure that your schedule, budget, and specific industry requirements are addressed and integrated into your service plan.

Hard drive shredding guarantees that your data will be completely erased and responsibly disposed. Give our office a call at 305-436-0422 to discuss our shredding program in greater detail, or request your free quote online.


From information collection to thorough disposal, you can rely on us to handle all aspects of your hard drive shredding service.