At Infinwiz, we believe in being transparent in terms of our work processes so that you are aware of what goes on with your technology and the security of your data. In our blog, “What Happens to Old Equipment We Take from Your Office” we discussed one of our essential processes for recycling client’s old equipment. As your managed service provider, we consider properly disposing of your company's confidential data a crucial business practice, so your personal information is always protected.
Regarding our recycling procedure, we have a separate process for your hard drives. Keeping hard drive records safe is critical, even if you don't need them anymore. It is important to note that all your data, including applications, software, data files, and much more, is stored on hard drives. We would not want to carelessly throw them out in the trash, where somebody can easily take them and gain/sell your private information.
So, what is the process for recycling hard drives?
Most businesses throw hard drives in the recycling bin or even the trash. However, we schedule a special truck, where a recycling company will come to our location and destroy the hard drives for us. While this process is on the more expensive side, we believe that observing the shredding of these hard drives is the safest method to ensure your information is secure.
The entire operation takes place within the specialized hard drive shredding truck.
1. We call the recycling company a couple of times a year when the hard drive bin is full.
2. The shredding company will meet us at our location, where they will count the drives and start the shredding process.
3. We can watch the workers scan the hard drives for serial numbers to get stored in the computer. This meticulous process ensures accurate tracking of each hard drive.
The worker will then shred the hard drives, which takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the sizes of the drives and quantity. As you see in this video, the worker can shred a bundle of drives because they are smaller. Larger drives are inserted individually.
5. The shredding truck will alert us when they are finished, and they will show us all the shredded hard drives.
6. The company will send us a report of all the scanned drives. This is so we have them all documented with their serial numbers listed. This official document proves that all IT assets are disposed of correctly and data is destroyed. Check out our article to see why it is essential to record serial numbers.
In conclusion, at Infiniwiz, safeguarding your data is our top priority. We believe in complete transparency regarding our work processes, ensuring that you are well-informed about the fate of your technology and the security of your data.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!