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3 minute readData Erasure & Destruction: 3 Ways to Protect Your Data

Getting rid of your current IT hardware usually isn’t the most glamorous aspect of managing a data center, but let’s face it, it has to be done. Protecting your organization’s data should be a top priority.

Whether you plan on disposing of your hardware completely or trading it in for more budget funds, it’s important to remember that you have options when it comes to protecting your employee, vendor, and customer data. So, what are some options for data erasure and destruction?

  • Degaussing (Magnetic Data Wipe)
  • Physical Destruction
  • Data Wiping (Software)


Magnetic data wiping or degaussing is the process of eliminating data from hard drives and tape media with a powerful magnetic degaussing machine. This method is time-effective with the ability to process hundreds of units of media in an hour.

This form of data destruction meets compliance standards for HIPAA, NIST, PCI DSS and more. This is also a great option because the process is performed on-site and there’s a certificate of degauss for all media that has been processed.

Physical Destruction

There are several methods for physical destruction. IT decision makers can choose from destruction options like shredding, crushing, and drilling for their storage hardware. This is another option that can be performed on-site at your data center to ensure that the data is removed.

Once the data is destroyed, organizations can rest assured their HDDs, SSDs, and Tape media are properly disposed of with chain of custody procedures that account for all assets sent for disposal.

Data Wiping

Another form of data wiping is software elimination. This is the process of overwriting data, making it unrecoverable. This method of data erasure works for your storage arrays, loose hard drives, SSDs, servers, and mobile devices.

Organizations can choose from 3 and 7-pass options to be DOD-compliant with this form of data wiping. This is a great option for organizations who leased their data center equipment or want to generate more funds for their IT budget by selling the hardware for reuse.

What’s Next?

Now that you know some of your options for data erasure and destruction you can make better decisions for your organization. To learn more about how Reliant can help you with data erasure and IT Asset Disposition, visit our Asset Recovery page or reach out to one of our dedicated ITAD specialists at 1.877.227.0828.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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