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  • Writer's pictureAMERICAN SHREDDING

Destroying Hard Drives: There’s A Right Way to Do It!

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Computers, and the hard drives inside them, contain everything from client email lists to sensitive financial information. It’s a wealth of knowledge built up over the computer’s lifespan, and when it stops working or the technology becomes out of date, you need to destroy that hard drive in the best way possible. Not to mention thumb drives, external hard drives, computer monitors and more all adding up to a huge amount of e-waste!

For hard drives, what about simply erasing the disk? Not good enough. Hackers everywhere can run a few software programs and all your data comes back.

What about smashing it with a hammer? That could help you get some pent-up frustration out but then you have the problem of what to do with the pieces left. If you simply throw them into the waste can, you are contributing to our e-waste problems here in the USA.

We have millions of old motherboards and TVs consoles rotting in landfills causing a massive health hazard. While electronics waste comprises only 2-3 percent of America’s solid waste stream, the lead, cadmium, chromium, and other materials in aging circuitry account for 70 percent of the hazardous material in landfills, according to an EPA report.

So, what do companies do to properly and securely get rid of old computers, monitors, thumb drives, hard drives, hard disks and more?

Hire a professional.

Benefits of Using a Professional

Documentation and Validation

Our technician scans drive serial numbers to an Excel spreadsheet (by request). This helps your IT department keep track of what computers and hard drives are no longer on your premises or in use.

Destruction Equipment

We hand-feed drives through a high torque shredder, obliterating all data.​ The shredders are very fast so that your electronic waste is not sitting around but it quickly destroyed.

What We Destroy:

  • Hard Drives

  • Servers

  • DLT Tape

  • LTO, 4mm, PDAs

  • Cell Phones

  • Card Readers

  • Network Cards

  • Sim Cards and Thumb Drives

  • Fax Machines

  • VHS, CD’s, DVD’s

  • Medical Equipment

100% Recycling

American Shredding leads the industry in particle size and throughput with R-2 certified recycling. We believe in taking care of our planet and work extremely hard to stay up to date on all recycling standards.

Customer Service

We are dedicated to our clients and have built a reputation for high standards. We even offer witnessed destruction where you can watch our shredders at work on your e-waste. In addition, our workers will do all the heavy lifting for you and handle everything with proven customer care.

Certificate of Destruction

We will deliver a COD once the work has been completed to ensure your electronic waste was handled properly and securely.

If you want peace of mind that your old computers, hard drives and more containing sensitive information are truly destroyed and never coming back to haunt you, American Shredding is standing by.


American Shredding offers shredding and recycling services to help you protect your product brand and do your part to also protect the planet. We can shred on-site at your location or off-site at our secure plant.

Contact us for fast scheduling, friendly staff, 100% recycling and low prices. We offer services in Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Utah, and Washington states. See our list of cities here.

Need help with a recycling plan? Get a quote today!


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