A famous saying in the IT disposal market is ‘delete doesn’t mean delete’.
Simply deleting data, resetting a mobile device or reformatting a disk does not actually remove the data. For example, the factory reset of mobile devices only reverts devices to factory settings and in some instances, some user data remains intact.
If you only use the above methods as the sole means for data erasure, you can run the risk of a security breach. This puts the Company at risk of regulatory noncompliance, stolen data, data in the hands of criminals and ultimately brand and reputation damage.

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The only way to permanently destroy data without physically destroying the hard disk is to use overwriting software. This ensures that the drives are completely cleansed of recoverable data.

However, it is not always possible to overwrite, due to damaged, nonworking or commercial reason, then physical destruction is necessary.

Physical destruction can take many forms but one alternative is to crush the drives. The best crusher, we feel, on the market at the moment is the EDR crusher.

The EDR Hard Disk Crusher ensures that confidential data remains confidential by physically destroying it permanently. After being crushed by the EDR Hard Disk Crusher, the data can never be recovered again. It is much simpler and faster to use the Hard Disk Crusher than it is to shred, reformat a disk or use a degausser. There are potential problems with other methods, degaussers don’t always work, due to new disk shielding technologies, degaussers have become unreliable. and are best used in conjunction with other methods such as shredding and smelting.

With the Hard Disk Crusher you can crush over 200 disks an hour. It drills through the hard disk’s spindles and physically creates ripples in the platters, making it impossible to recover the data. We have physically destroyed over 1100 drives in one day and our engineers are very proud of this fact.

The Hard Disk Crusher is durable and transportable. We can put it in our vehicle and take it from one location to another, making it very easy to bring to site and perform the destruction almost anywhere, preventing the need to move drives and keeping them in a secure location where we crush. It uses a standard 240 volt outlet and can crush a disk in less than 10 seconds. The destruction chamber is made of case hardened steel. Its unique safety features ensure that the crushing device will not operate unless the safety door is shut. If someone opens the door while a disk is in the process of being crushed, the crusher will shut off.

This crusher has been independently tested by the Professor Andrew Blythe from the University of Glamorgan and ADISA and has been verified that no data can be retrieved from a device once it has been through the crushing process. Any commercial organisation that needs to protect sensitive information can benefit by using Concept Management’s EDR Hard Disk Crusher.