How does it work?
We drive to your site
Set up our trailer mounted hard drive shredder
Shred your hard drives at about one per 45-60 seconds
Collect all the remnants and take them with us to be recycled
Clean up the site and leave
How loud is your machine?
Our shredder is soundproofed to dampen noise pollution coming from the machine during shredding. It has been tested to produce approximately 75 decibels of sound at 1 meter. This is slightly louder than a garbage disposal or industrial blender.
We take the remnants with us after the job. Once back at our premises they are combined with the remnants from other jobs, and when we reach a large enough amount of shredded drive remnants we take them to be recycled with a partnered metal recycler.
The remnants are processed by a metal recycler and the component metals extracted - copper, aluminium and so forth. They also ensure the plastics and other components are deal with in an environmentally safe way.
What do you do with the remnants?
Absolutely - they are the remnants of your devices. However we do prefer to take care of it for you, as we have done the research to identify environmentally friendly methods of recycling and dealing with the material responsibly.
Can we keep the remnants?
On a large scale, yes - everything counts in large amounts. There is copper, aluminium and trace amounts of silver and gold in some electrical components. These materials require special equipment and expertise to extract however, and this is not profitable unless done on a scale of tonnes of material.
Are the remnants worth money?
How secure is your method?
We have the most secure method of hard drive destruction anywhere that we know of. On-site shredding is superior for a lot of reasons:
Other methods, such as degaussing, platter bending, and drilling, are subject to user error. When a drive is shredded it’s impossible to confuse it for a non-shredded drive, and it’s extremely difficult to get it wrong - a drive shredded down to approximately 2mm pieces is impossible to piece back together, and each individual fragment is too small and too disfigured to extract data from.
As the devices do not leave your custody until the point of destruction, there is no risk of theft, loss, or other mishandling as part of the process. The device never leaves your custody until you say so. Loss of custody is a significant risk that applies to all forms of off-site destruction.
According to NIST (a branch of the US NSA who develop security standards) it is impossible to recover data from a device that has been shredded down to 2mm or smaller fragments. This standard is for information that is protected by TOP SECRET and higher classifications.
What about the rest of the computer, or other parts? Can you handle that?
Yes, we can facilitate ewaste recycling for you. This is not something we handle directly, but we have a variety of partners in the industry and we can organise pickup and recycling of your ewaste. Additionally, we can certify all data bearing devices, such as hard drives, SD cards, CD/DVDs and so forth are removed before recycling. This service has a small fee per device.
Why should we trust you?
The great thing about on-site hard drive shredding is that you don’t have to trust us. The device is shredded down into tiny fragments at your premises, so you can see it going into the machine and you can see the end result coming out. You get full chain-of-custody during destruction so you know it’s been destroyed and managed properly.
Can we resell your services?
Yes you can, and we have reseller rates. These are available on request, and if you want to know more please contact us to discuss. If you’re interested in reselling please leave your details and an account manager will contact you.
What devices do I need to be concerned about for data shredding?
This is by no means a complete list:
Computers of all shapes and sizes.
Printers, fax machines, copiers, and multi-function devices.
Data and backup tapes
External hard drives
SD cards and other memory cards
Optical media such as Blu-ray, DVD or CDs.
Active Equipment such Switches, routers and Firewall devices
Pretty much anything that can store some memory
If desired we can supply expert consulting advice on this front.
How small are the pieces the unit shreds down to?
The smallest are under 1mm. The largest pieces of platter are approximately 2-3mm. Very occasionally larger pieces of hard drive enclosure do come through at ~3mm. However the larger pieces are disfigured to the point that they are unrecognisable.
I have a huge and complex job. How do we do this?
We offer a day rate for complex or very large jobs. Based on the information provided about the job, we estimate the amount of days it will take to complete the work. We then charge you a flat rate per day for the duration of the job.
For reference for large jobs, the machine can destroy approximately 400 3.5” hard drives per working day. For other devices such as tapes, laptop drives etc we can estimate once we have more information about the job.
I routinely get X drives per month for destruction. What should I do?
We recommend that you securely store your drives in a safe or other secure area, and based on the amount of risk you are willing to tolerate and your desired price point per drive for destruction book a job once you reach a certain number of drives. If in doubt please contact us and we will advise based on your circumstances.
Do you have to do on-site destruction?
We always suggest doing on-site destruction as it provides the highest standard of security for the destruction of hard drives. If for whatever reason you desire off-site destruction, please contact us with your job details and we will quote based on the specifics of your job.