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Choose the best method

We have several methods for you to choose from.

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Plan for the cost

A range of price points enables you to choose one that fits in your budget.

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Rest assured that your information is secured

We use methods to verify that the hard drive data was completely destroyed.

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Protect your company

We provide a Certificate of Destruction that proves the data was destroyed through a fully completed process.

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    What is hard drive destruction?

    Hard drive destruction makes the information contained on a hard drive inaccessible. This is often necessary if you have outdated hard drives that contain sensitive personal information and proprietary or trade secrets.

    There are several methods that can be used to completely and effectively destroy hard drives. Choosing the most appropriate method depends on your needs or preferences, but the physical destruction of the hardware is usually the cheapest route.

    RAKE Electronics Recycling in Houston offers three main types of hard drive destruction for you to choose from — shredding, wiping, and demolition.

    Shredding uses a machine and process that shreds the actual hard drive so that it can be discarded without worrying about any sensitive data being recoverable. This is ideal when dealing with huge lots of hard drives all at once.

    Wiping uses special software to remove the information on the hard drive. The Department of Defense (DoD) wiping process uses three separate wipes to remove and overwrite the information so it becomes inaccessible. We then use software to verify that data destruction has taken place.

    Physically destroying a hard drive involves demolition. This type of physical destruction ensures that no information is able to be retrieved from the hard drive, and is usually the most cost-effective method of secure data destruction.

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    Is hard drive destruction expensive?

    The ultimate cost of secure hard drive destruction varies on the method of destruction you want to use, the number of hard drives you need to be destroyed, and the size of the hard drives in question. All of these factors come into the picture of determining the final cost of the hard drive destruction project. It is possible to get volume discounts if you have a large hard drive destruction project that you need to be completed.

    Physically destroying the hard drives is usually the least expensive option. The cost per drive can range from $1.75 to $6 and includes demolition of the hard drives. Physical hard drive destruction makes the drive completely useless while preserving certain physical, non-data elements that have recoverable value.

    Hard drive destruction using the data destruction method (the DoD wiping method) is a little more costly. Expect to pay $7 to $12 per hard drive. This option is the most time consuming of the three options but allows you to reuse the hard drive, which may save you money in the long run. Larger drives will incur more cost, but you can get discounts for volume.

    All clients who utilize our hard drive destruction services will receive a Certificate of Destruction as proof of the process being completed.

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    How do I select a company to handle my hard drive destruction?

    When searching for the right company to handle your hard drive destruction job, it is important to select a company that is R2 Certified. This gives you the peace of mind that the company you selected goes through stringent audits by independent third parties to verify its process is up to local, state, and federal standards.

    Furthermore, getting proof that the actual destruction of your drives has taken place is key. A certificate of destruction should always be provided by any legitimate company — always ask about this before agreeing to do business with an electronics recycler.

    Data destruction of hard drives is essential in keeping information from falling into the wrong hands. Your process should be decided based on potential security risks first and cost second.

    Contact our team to get your questions answered, receive a free estimate, and schedule your project.


  • Raki Electronics Recycling

    After upgrading our system we had monitors, printers, old servers panels etc....I called two companies, due diligence, and RAKI promised to get everything out of my storage area whether they could use it or not - exactly what I wanted. They also provided written proof of destruction for the hard drives, exactly what my boss wanted.
    We are very satisfied with the service and followup. I recommend them with no reservation.

    A Google User
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    Date Published : 11 Nov, 2015
  • Raki Electronics Recycling

    After upgrading all of our units, we had lots of left over equipment gathering dust. I contacted a few different places but Raki was the quickest to respond, had the best customer service, and everything went smoothly. They did everything as they described they would and I knew I could trust them from the beginning. I definitely recommend Raki Computers to everyone! A+++++

    Victor Ballad
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    Date Published : 15 Jun, 2016

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