3 Ironclad Reasons You Should Destroy Old Hard Drives and Tapes

Paper documents aren’t the only objects that contain sensitive information. Non-paper media storage devices like old hard drives and backup tapes store tons confidential data. Even if every one of your paper documents is professionally shredded, without the right media disposal program, your client files, employee records and trade secrets can easily fall into the wrong hands. Here are several reasons you should destroy your old hard drives and tapes.

1. Compliance

Businesses that maintain and process consumer information must comply with information governance laws. Your company may be required to meet the privacy and security standards in one or several of the following regulations:

  • Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB)

Professional hard drive and backup tape destruction is essential when you need to destroy consumer data in accordance with the law. The right media destruction provider will use data destruction processes that meet your organization’s compliance standards.

2. Guaranteed Data Destruction

Did you know that data can be recovered from a reformatted hard drive or erased tape? In the past, specialized data recovery technology was only accessible to the FBI, NSA and other government agencies known only by acronym. But these days, common criminals can buy the tools and software needed to recover data from deleted, reformatted and overwritten hard drives and tapes.

The only surefire way to prevent confidential data from being recovered from media storage devices is through physical destruction. A media destruction service uses specialized equipment that reduces to your hard drives and tapes to tiny, unrecognizable and unusable particles. After being shredded, your media is mixed with the shredded material from other clients, making it impossible for a thief to recover your data. The resulting particles are then recycled and used in the manufacture of all types of new products.

3. Time and Money

While you can’t put a price on privacy protection, you do have a budget to meet. With multimedia shredders costing several thousand dollars, in-house destruction of your hard drives and tapes simply isn’t cost-effective. A more affordable solution for protecting your data is an outsourced hard drive destruction service. With this option, your media is picked up from your office and professionally shredded by trained data destruction professionals, saving you time and money.

Now that you know why it makes sense, don’t wait to destroy your old computer media. Hard drive and tape destruction protects your clients, employees and your business!

Sentry Storage Solutions offers hard drive and backup tape destruction services in the Greater San Diego area and the city of Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please call us or complete the form on this page.

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