Hard Drive Destruction


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We Help You Protect Your Electronic Data

A single computer hard drive can hold more sensitive information about you and your business than all of your paper records. Even if you’ve “deleted” your files before disposing of your old computers, the data most often remains accessible to hackers and identity thieves. The only way to secure your electronic data and your own peace of mind is to call on FileShred, the trusted data destruction service in the Hartford, CT area.

The Hard Drive Destruction Process

The only reliable way to protect you, your family, and your business from the dangers of identity theft is to destroy your electronic records and information physically. When it comes to hard drive destruction, that’s where the trusted professionals at FileShred come in.

We’ll come directly to your home or office at your convenience, Monday through Saturday. The first step in hard drive destruction is to record the serial numbers of each device you’re having destroyed. Then, we use our portable destruction equipment to destroy your data storage devices, making certain to render them 100% unreadable. You can watch the entire process, and we’ll even provide you with a Certificate of Destruction that includes a list of your destroyed items by serial number.

Whether you’re a homeowner seeking a bit more peace of mind or a large company seeking to comply with specific data destruction regulations, FileShred’s hard drive destruction service is perfect for you.

How to Destroy a Hard Drive and The Data on It: Hard Drive Shredding, Destruction, & Disposal Services

Many people use at-home DIY methods that aren’t completely effective at erasing the confidential data and information that is stored on a hard drive. Some of the less effective methods we’ve seen to destroy a hard drive include:

Data-Wiping Software

There are hundreds of programs you can find online that make claims about being able to completely wipe the data off of a hard drive, but there’s no way to know for sure if they’re safe to use and 100% effective. Be wary of programs like this, as some of them are scams that just want to get access to the information stored on your hard drive!


While fire will certainly melt the interior parts of a hard drive, it may also cause harmful chemical fumes to emit from the valuable earth metals within the casing and housing once heated to extreme temperatures. To avoid this and the risk that comes anytime someone handles fire, we strongly advise against this.


Contrary to popular belief, water itself is not harmful to data. Hard drives store information on small platters within the casing via magnetic storage, so water alone will not cause any damage to the data. There have even been cases of data being recovered from devices that have spent years underwater!


Remember when your mother told you to never put metal in the microwave? That rule ESPECIALLY applies here. While microwaves do emit a small amount of radiation, it isn’t powerful enough to affect the internal mechanisms. Not to mention the fact that a hard drive in a microwave is a huge fire hazard.

It should be noted that there is no surefire way to make sure your data is completely erased unless the hard drive and the platters themselves have been physically destroyed by a professional. Resorting to other methods like the ones listed above puts your safety and security at risk, which is why you should leave the chore up to the professionals here at FileShred who handle hard drive disposal on a daily basis. Let us provide you with complete peace of mind.