Everything that you do on a computer is recorded — and we do mean everything. Data logs, documents, and other information is stored on the hard drive in some way or another. Even if you erase the data, the information can potentially be recaptured by someone using certain software and programs. To combat this, you have to use proper data destruction protocols like the Department of Defense protocol. This technique of wiping data from a hard drive is the most effective way to protect your company and your data from those who would like to get their hands on it.
During this data destruction process, the hard drive goes through three wipes, with software verifying each one. This ensures all information contained on the hard drive is erased and then written over or altered in a manner that makes recovery impossible. It's very secure but costs more than physical data destruction methods, which we also offer
There are some instances in which trace data might remain on the hard drive after the wiping process. While that is rare, it is imperative to ensure the data on the hard drive doesn't fall into the wrong hands. If the data can't be removed using the DOD wiping process, the hard drive has to be physically destroyed to achieve complete and secure data destruction.