January 13, 2022
A few years ago, Breaking Bad fans were presented with a distorted depiction of how to destroy a hard drive.
The television show followed Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who becomes engulfed in a life of crime. In one episode, White uses a super, over-sized magnet to get rid of incriminating evidence on a laptop. In the show, the magnet acts like a make-shift degausser, producing powerful magnetic fields that demagnetise the hard drive and destroy the data. But it was a huge exaggeration.
At one time, magnets placed on a computer hard drive may have worked to destroy hard drive data when disposing of old hard drives but hard drives today are more resistant than ever to magnets. Also, even if a magnet corrupts data, with today’s technology a repair may be possible.
Here are 6 other disastrous ways to dispose of old hard drives – and, in effect, increase the risk of a data breach:
The best way to dispose of hard drives – and destroy digital data that is no longer needed – is to have them physically destroyed by a professional document destruction company. This is one of the fastest and most effective and risk-free ways of ensuring that information on an old hard disk or drive is permanently destroyed. In addition, where possible, components of the degaussed, shredded or crushed hard drive, are securely recycled.
Speak to your document shredding partner about specialised hard drive destruction services. Your supplier should provide a secure chain of custody process with regular collections of hard drives and e-media by security vetted and trained information security professionals. Learn more about the Shred-it secure hard drive destruction process.
 Source: Blancco Technology Group
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