There’s a misconception out there that deleting files on your computer means that data has been destroyed. The definition of the word “delete” certainly lends weight to the idea that deleting files renders the data beyond the reach of recovery. Unfortunately this is not the case and someone who is committed, has time, and the appropriate software, can successfully recover deleted data.
How Does Deleting Work?
Put simply: deleting removes the road sign that points to the data. When you’ve had enough of a file and decide it’s time to consign it to the abyss of your recycle bin, you select it and hit the famous delete key. What happens next? The directory listing for the file is removed and the location on the hard drive where it is saved, is marked as being available. In this way, it is able to now be overwritten with new data eventually but until it does, and even after to a degree, it is possible to recover the data with special software.
What to do Then?
There is only one way to be sure that your data is permanently destroyed, and placed beyond the reach of data thieves. Physical Hard Drive Destruction. As the name suggests, this is a process of physically destroying your data storage device. Now don’t run out to your garage and start smashing away with a hammer, you’ll just make a mess and probably miss a lot of the data. The best way is the professional option.
Professional Document Shredding
The advantage of a professional hard drive destruction company is threefold. The first big advantage is you are using a service that is legally certified to be handling hard drives and complies to state and federal security regulations. The second being the shredder itself. These industrial grade chompers reduce your storage device down to such fine pieces that using them for anything but recycling isn’t possible. No need to worry about missing a section in the drive or that your hammering wasn’t completed thoroughly enough.
The third big advantage is not having to worry about the clean up! All shredded material is shredded right into a storage container and then sent for recycling. This ensures that no material is sent to the landfill, and rather finds its way to becoming reused as new materials.
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