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Beyond the Bin: The Anatomy of a Hard Drive Shredder

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Beyond the Bin: The Anatomy of a Hard Drive Shredder

Ever wondered what happens to end-of-life electronic devices? Where does the electronic waste go? Recycling electronic waste can have a significant impact on the environment and society. Almost everything can be recycled. However, not everything we can recycle can be disposed of in the recycling bin. The need to dispose of hazardous wastes, hard drives, memory cards, circuit boards, and lithium-ion batteries requires special handling primarily for security reasons.

It doesn't stop at the bin.

Every month, a recycling facility processes thousands of tons of electronic waste. Recycling begins with sorting and segregating electronic waste. After sorting and segregating, the e-waste is weighed and sent to presorting. By this time, all physical hazards, such as batteries, have been removed. Now that the material is presorted and any hazardous materials removed, it is ready for shredding.

The best way to destroy a hard drive is to shred it. It entails feeding a shredder a hard drive, which then shreds it into tiny pieces. The hard disk reduces to bits of no more than 1/2 inch in size during the shredding process. It is impossible to retrieve the drive, and the stored data shatters into small pieces. All data is destroyed permanently in a highly destructive way during the shredding process and therefore meets the highest standards for data destruction.

Hard drives can be formatted or deleted, but this is insufficient. Hackers can recover even the most obscure pieces of data on a partition. Overwriting old data with new data has no effect because the drive always contains backups and long-term storage. In some cases, programmers create random data to mask or bury the original data. Nevertheless, more advanced hackers or security specialists will be able to recover the data.

Physical techniques, such as drilling or scratching the disc, will also be ineffective. If any part of the disc is still intact, the data on that part of the disc will likely be undamaged.

Why Shredding?

Imagine what damage you would have to clean up if cybercriminals stole some old hard drives. You lose the trust of your clients, and the cost of resolving such a situation can range from thousands to millions of dollars.

 It all comes down to one thing, your peace of mind. 

Urban E Recycling utilizes Hard Drive Shredders for data destruction, ensuring that each hard drive is 100% destroyed and making any information recovery impossible.

Urban E Recycling destroys hard drives, SSDs, circuit boards, cell phones, and laptop computers efficiently, cost-effectively, and securely. By far, it has one of the most powerful machines, capable of handling over a thousand drives per hour.

Here are some of the powerful machines in operation:

 Allegheny 12HD7.5 Hard Drive Shredders 


and Hard Drive & SSD Combo Shredders


Your e-waste is recycled responsibly at Urban E-Recycling. Currently, three facilities are operating in Florida: Sarasota, Orlando, and Tampa.

Urban E-Recycling shreds hard drives, data tapes, and flash media using specialized destruction equipment. The shredders are designated for specific media types for the shredding to be compliant with all applicable laws.

Highly trained service personnel are familiar with data security hazards and, specifically, the destruction of data. As a valued client, you can expect the highest level of service and safety.

An official Certificate of Destruction will be issued without charge by Urban E-Recycling after the job is complete. Once the materials are shredded, they will transport them to a separation and disposal facility. You will never have to worry about your confidential data getting into the wrong hands or ending up in a landfill. Also, it’s possible to get mobile hard drive shredding equipment and staff to your site if you need onsite hard drive shredding.

Please feel free to reach out to (813) 512-6998 or visit https://urbanerecycling.com for more information. You can also follow Urban E Recycling on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


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