Hard Drive Shredding 101

May 3, 2016 at 3:53 pm by SEM

Many companies today are taking a look at the best and most economic ways to destroy their hard drives once they’ve reached the end of life. Hard drives today contain lots of sensitive data including personal information of customers, employees, important clients or R&D information. No matter what, hard drives falling into the wrong hands can wreak havoc on a company. Many organizations hire outside shredding vendors, but often find out they are expensive, unreliable and risky. You’ve been given the task of researching and setting up an in-house hard drive shredding operation. Answering the questions below will help get you started before reaching out to an SEM representative.

  1. What is your back log and expected weekly/monthly volume? This information is important to help determine the right size machine for your operation.
  2. What style drives do you have to shred? There are 2 types of hard drives, magnetic/rotational drives (HDD) and solid state drives (SSD). Specific shred sizes are required for adequate destruction depending on the type of media.

    The SSD drives on the left will require a smaller shred size than the HDD style on the right. There are shredders that handle one type and there are combo style units that can do both.

  3. Does your organization have a particle size security requirement? This will greatly affect what type of shredder is needed. If you are not sure what particle size is best, SEM can make recommendations based on our experience.
  4. What electrical power and space do you have available? The larger high volume warehouse style units run on 3 phase electrical power. It’s best to check with your facility manager to find out your electrical power and space options.

Once you’ve answered these 4 questions you are ready to start looking at the shredders available for your application. SEM reps have helped set up small operations and very high volume corporate data center operations. Call 800-225-9293 or email info@semshred.com to speak to our Customer Care team.

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