Many companies regularly update or replace IT equipment, but fail to understand the importance of ensuring the data contained is disposed correctly.

Hard drive destruction and ultimately, HDD recycling can be viewed in several ways, overwriting the drives by completely erasing the data so the drives can be reused or physically destruction, which means the drives would go for further recycling to take the drives to its base materials as recyclates. HDD recycling is essential if overwriting fails

Erasing the Hard Drive

Erasing the drives allows reuse but you should make sure that the drives are completely wiped. Using an NCSC approved software will ensure this and will allow a certificate of media erasure to be printed off on successful wipes.

However, you still need a procedure for drives that fail the wiping process. Only physical destruction then will ensure complete data removal.

Physical destruction takes two forms: shredding or crushing, but this is not the end of the process. Once the drives are destroyed they undergo further recycling.

Shredding/Crushing the Hard Drive

Once they have been shredded or crushed the drives are then shredded further and chopped into tiny particle sizes. There are then various ways of separating the materials out, including electromagnets, floating off materials in different density liquids, eddy current separators and centrifuges. This allows light metals to be separated from aluminium, the magnets are separated and the circuit boards..

Our secure UK collection, shredding and recycling service is an easy way to deal with redundant electrical products and meet the WEEE (waste electrical and electronics equipment) directive.

How our HDD recycling service works:

These are returned as recyclates and would be base materials ready for a brand new production process and product.


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