Although the hard drive in your laptop is around 2.5 inches long, most have a large data storage capacity. That capacity ranges from 160 GB up to more than 2 TB, though most standard laptop systems have storage of between 500 GB and 1 TB.
Wiping it won’t completely destroy your data and keep it safe – the only way to ensure that is to use a hard drive destruction service.
Laptops are often taken to locations outside the office or used by people who are remote workers.
So, it’s also important to ensure they are password protected and encrypted to ensure your security while they’re still in use
What confidential information could be stored on your old laptops?
- Banking details for your business – and for your customers and suppliers – on old invoices and bills.
- Staff information – from salary details and disciplinary matters to medical information and banking details.
- Customer data – including names, addresses, credit card details, and email addresses.
- Confidential plans for your business – from plans to raise finance to information about your competitors.
- IP addresses – which are covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
- Passwords that may have been saved in files or on your browser.
What could happen if there is a data breach from an old hard drive?
This could cause major problems for your business.
GDPR rules say you must have a process in place to keep your data safe and be able to show how you communicate that policy to staff and comply with it.
The relevant authorities must be informed of any data breach and, in the most serious cases, the people affected will need to be informed directly.
Your business could face an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office, a fine, and damage to its reputation with customers.
The maximum fine for the most serious breaches rose from £500,000 under the Data Protection Act to 4% of annual turnover, or 20 million Euros, under GDPR.
How does hard drive destruction work?
We collect your hard drives from your business and take them in our secure vehicles to our shredding facility.
The hard drives are shredded on the same day and you receive a certificate of destruction. We do not access them in any way, simply placing them into our product shredding machine.
We can provide an asset destruction log which details the serial numbers of every drive destroyed.
The shredded material is mixed with other shredded metal and sent to a metal processer for recycling.
We can also recycle the old laptops after removing hard drives, if necessary. This will be done under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations, which are stringent and encourage the recycling of as much material as possible.