Data breaches are a constant threat during the life of your computers, hard drives and servers, but it also is when your IT equipment is ready to retire. So don’t forget to bring your old electronics to a certified recycler or data destruction company before getting rid of it.

You may think that hiring a certified company is too expensive and that you can probably clear your data yourself… but you’re probably wrong about that.

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Not so good ways to destroy data

You might find many different solutions to wipe out your data online… But they are not always the best ideas.

  • Set it on fire… Electronic devices are filled with toxic chemicals. So you probably don’t want to be breathing the smoke from that fire. Plus, this is a great way to release those chemicals into the environment. So that’s really not ideal.
  • Microwaves… Microwaves are pretty good for destroying CDs and DVDs, but hard drives are way larger and would need to cook for a very, very long time to blister its platters.
  • Soaking in chemicals… Don’t do it, it’s way too dangerous!!
  • Hammer it… Sure, but if you have to hammer every single hard drives that your company needs to get rid of, it might take you a while and the results are not guaranteed.

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Much better and more secure ways to erase your data

Locating a responsible electronics recycler is simply the best way. Because your certified recycler knows that software data wiping is not enough, it uses techniques that will give your company peace of mind.

  • Shredding… There is no coming back from shredding. Sending your end-of-life electronics through the shredder actually has two positive consequences. Your data is going to be completely gone and valuable components can be retrieved for reuse. Most IT devices contain rare earth elements and precious minerals. It is crucial to recycle them!
  • Degaussing… With degaussing, a large mountable machine is used to scramble the information on hard drives by reversing the magnetic field on the storage tape or hard drive. For hard drives in computers, laptops and more, once the magnetic field is reversed, the storage devices is rendered completely unusable. However, keep in mind that degaussing cannot work on solid state drives since there is no magnetic strip with these.


At ICT, transparency is key. Every technological device is processed by R2 certified staff in the ICT facility in the Boston area. ICT knows how important trust is and values its relationships with its customers. ICT cares about preserving our planet and helps companies all over the country to recycle E-Waste and protect their data.

Author Bio: Audrey Adam is the marketing manager at ICT. She has a background in journalism and blog writing.

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