Part 1: Choosing the Right Hard Disk Drive Sanitizer
by Perry Solomon
We’re a society that loves to accumulate records. We store copious amounts of data on computer hard drives, CDs and DVDs, and have filing cabinets stuffed with bank statements, social security numbers, tax records and other confidential information. Whether this information is stored digitally or on paper, at some point it needs to be erased or destroyed. In Part 1 of our two-part series on better document destruction, we’ll discuss one of the most critical steps any organization can take to protect themselves from financial fraud—wiping computer hard drives. We’ll discuss why hard drives need to be sanitized, how hard disk drive sanitization works, and what technologies and products are available.
Why Sanitizing Hard Drives Is Essential
While most people understand the necessity of shredding paper documents before throwing them out, many are still unaware of the need to properly sanitize computer hard drives. Deleting a file on your computer hard drive typically erases the metadata, or the summary of that file (i.e., file size, author, date created, etc). Without these “clues,” the file can be harder Read more ›