Why You Should Destroy Old Hard Drives and Tapes

Let’s face it: We’re all short on time, so cutting corners is normal. But when it comes to getting rid of old hard drives and tapes, taking a short cut can cause a ripple effect of bad consequences. Here’s why you should destroy your old tapes and hard drives.

Total Data Destruction

You’ve “erased” the data on your collection of old hard drives and tapes so it’s safe to toss them in the trash, right? Think again. Data can still be recovered from your media. Anyone with the right software can still access files on erased hard drives and tapes. The only way to make your data completely irretrievable is by physically destroying your media.

It’s the Law

Privacy protection isn’t only a matter of ethics, it’s the law. Businesses that collect, process and store consumer information, whether in hard copy or digital format, must comply with the following regulations:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB)
  • Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)

Destroying expired hard drives and tapes keeps your company compliant with these privacy laws.

Storage is Expensive

Commercial office space isn’t cheap, so it’s important to efficiently use every square inch. Destroying unwanted and expired hard drives lowers your storage costs and optimizes efficiency. Whether making more room for staff or product development, it helps free up space for maximum profitability in your business.

Your Customers Deserve to Have Their Privacy Protected

Your customers give you financial and personal information with the expectation that you’ll protect it. Too many businesses literally throw away client’s trust by not protecting their confidential information in a secure manner. A reliable and well thought out media protection plan underscores your value and commitment to your customers.

Our Planet Benefits

Millions of hard drives and tapes are discarded in landfills each year, contributing to environmental degradation. Using a media destruction service keeps the harmful by-products present in your tapes and hard drives out of the waste stream. Your provider uses environmentally friendly processes that recycle all metal and plastic waste.

So Does Your Peace of Mind

You’ve put your heart and soul into building your business. Don’t undermine it with negligent data disposal. A data breach can cost your company thousands of dollars and permanently damage your reputation and brand.

Think twice about tossing out your old hard drives and tapes; the consequences certainly outweigh the perceived benefits. Besides all the other benefits it offers, hard drive and tape destruction also gives you peace of mind.

American Document Securities offers media and hard drive destruction services for businesses in Atlanta and Northeast Georgia. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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My staff and I had the pleasure of participating in an ADS Consulting Shredding & Storage Workshop in April 2011.As a new business, it was critical for us to get off to a good start. The workshop provided us with useful information and practical applications that helped us do that. The ‘hands on’ training experience we received in a successful, working document destruction and storage business environment was invaluable.Renee and her staff were very personable and helpful and continue to be valuable business partners to this day.I highly recommend the ADS Workshop to both new and existing businesses

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