Digital Data Destruction


Note: Sensitive material needing a COD is under 24-hour surveillance. Your information is always secured.

Did you know that deleting a file does not erase it from your hard drive? Some individuals might think formatting a hard drive may be an alternative to erasing information off a hard drive; this is also false. Think of all the information that you have saved on your hard drive… Credit card numbers, corporate data, email address book, email correspondence, financial data, legal documents, passwords, personal photos, social security numbers, web browsing history, etc. This is all pertinent information that thieves look for when trying to steal identities. eWaste Direct, Inc. wants to reassure you the process with which we treat your hard drives completely cleans the hard drive to a fresh slate. None of the information that was previously stored will be able to be retrieved after undergoing the digital data destruction or physical destruction procedure.

Digital Data Destruction

eWaste Direct, Inc. follows the industry guidelines for media sanitization under the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a division of the US Department of Commerce. These guidelines are found in their special publication 800-88. In short the standard we follow is NIST 800-88 for the clearing method.

Our first step is to plug any eligible drives into our designated servers to test the overall health of the drives. We have high health thresholds to ensure optimal health of each drive.

Next, We connect the hard drives to our media wiping software and prepare the wiping procedure. Once the drives are set up they appear on the easy to read user interface which looks like a virtual server.

Once the wiping has started there is a real-time status on each drive where you can see the model number, serial number and capacity of the drive. You can also see the wiping take place with the expanded screen as well as the technical specifications of the drives themselves.

After the wiping is completed the software creates an excel .csv file which can be downloaded into a report for recordkeeping. The file provides the date and time stamp, Model and serial number of each drive, sectors and size , wipe method used , and the wiped sectors for verification showing zero errors.

Please note that the DoD 5220.22-M(C) method used is a Department of Defense method that falls under the NIST 800-88 guidelines

Physical Destruction

Hard drives that are obsolete, non-functioning, damaged, or do not pass our health check or wiping procedure are designated for physical destruction. We simply remove the circuit board on the back of the drive leaving the board itself and the rest of the hard drive intact. We send both materials our to R2 and/or e-steward standard vendors for their commodity values.

Once they receive the materials they are processed through the shredding machines where they can grind them down to dime size pieces of metals and precious metals. These materials will then be refined for reuse or commodity value such as gold and platinum.

Whether the process calls for digital or physical destruction, eWaste Direct, Inc. handles customer privacy very seriously and takes exceptional care of every hard drive to ensure they are handled appropriately. Certificates of Destruction are available upon request.