Hard drives and other data-containing media like CDs, thumb drives and smartphones need to be securely destroyed at the end of their useful lives in order to protect the confidentiality of the data they contain.
For businesses, data stored on these media can include proprietary trade secrets, customer lists, confidential HR information, company financial information, and corporate email histories.
For individuals, data can include personal emails, personal medical and financial information, web browsing histories, and private photographs of friends and family.
Data “deleted” or “wiped” from a hard drive or other media can still exist in bits and pieces, leaving sensitive information vulnerable to compromise by anyone with the right tools. When tossed in a dumpster or sent in for electronics recycling, electronic media is an attractive target for identity thieves and fraudsters who have the expertise to find this “deleted” data.
The only way to make absolutely sure your data is inaccessible is to shred the media containing the data.
Vanguard Archives’ hard drive and media destruction services offer a secure solution for disposing of your old and no-longer-needed hard drives and other media. It’s not just another form of data deletion—we physically shred your hard drives into tiny particles that are useless to information thieves. Whether you have a box of old hard drives or CDs, or a few no longer used cell phones we completely destroy them, helping protect you from privacy breach.
As Chicago’s shredding and destruction resource, we’re committed to safeguarding your confidential information. Our onsite hard drive and media destruction service offers a convenient privacy protection solution. Here’s how easy it is:
- Book an appointment for one of our trucks to come to your location
- When our shred technician arrives, watch as our shred technician shreds each piece of media individually
- Receive an emailed shred certificate immediately upon completion of your job
Vanguard Archives responsibly recycles all shredded material. If requested, we can document the serial numbers of all hard drives destroyed.
Chicago’s trusted shredding and destruction service
No media format is immune to theft and misuse. Vanguard Archives’ hard drive and media destruction service fulfills an important role in your identity theft and business fraud prevention plan. We offer secure onsite destruction of the following types of media:
- Hard drives
- Floppy disks
- Thumb drives
- Data tapes
- Cell phones
As an SSAE 16 Certified company, our safety and security controls ensure your information is destroyed in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.
For more information about our hard drive and media destruction services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.