Compliant Hard Drive Data Destruction

Compliant & Secure Hard Drive Destruction

protecting client’s and their customers

Today there are various methods used to erase a hard drive: overwriting, degaussing, and physical destruction. Each method can be effective.

A difference in the destruction methods are:

Hard drive destruction by overwriting allows reuse of the hard drive. If there are any sectors that could not be overwritten or was improperly done, and the hard drive is sold, the personal identified data is accessible.

A properly degaussed hard drive is not reusable. All proprietary information (PI), personal identifying information (PII), protected health information (PHI), and electronic protected health information (e-PHI) data is completely destroyed.

Correct physical destruction of a hard drive prevents the retrieval of any data.

Our secure hard drive destruction service degausses and physically destroys each hard drive to ensure no proprietary information (PI) is recoverable. The end results is our Clients customer’s data is completely destroyed!

For regulatory compliance, we request Clients to sign a Confidential Data Destruction Agreement and, if appropriate, a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement.


Compliance, Check


Step 1

In a secure environment the hard drives are removed from the equipment (All-In-Ones, computers, laptops, network, servers, and etc.)

A HIPAA compliant 1 Tesla magnetic eraser will degauss  data on the disc platter of each hard drive to prevents any data from being recovered. Physical destruction of hard drives alone leaves data behind.

This process is compliant with  the government and industry standards requiring complete erasure of sensitive data prior to disposal for:

  • DOD (Emergency Destruction)
  • HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act)
  • IRS 1075
  • California Senate Bill 1386
  • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
  • GLBA (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act)
  • NIST SP 800-88r1
  • PCI DSS 3.2 (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)
  • PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic
    Documents Act)


Step 2

Our SOP requires the use of a NSA approved Hard Drive / Solid-State Destroyer that  delivers 10+ tons of force that bends, breaks, and mangles hard drives, including data platters and other internal components, preventing data recovery. 



Step 3

The SOP of degaussing and physically destroying hard drives is recorded to produce a Certificate of Destruction. Our Client receives this certificate that contains the equipment used, date, time, serial numbers, and picture of the destroyed hard drives for audit purposes.


Step 4

The 1 Tesla magnetically degaussed and 10+ ton mangled hard drives are recycled with a certified R2 recycler for the precious metals.