Secure Disposal of Hard Disk Drives

Erasing hard drives can still leave sensitive data vulnerable. Computing and Communications Services offers this service to ensure secure hard drive disposal and data destruction. 

Service details

Hard drives are disposed of in batches. CCS accepts hard drives requiring destruction and stores them in a physically secure location. Hard drives are then physically destroyed by puncturing or crushing or shredding, and the materials recycled.  A certificate of destruction for all the drives is produced by the recycler and stored by CCS.  Access to these certificates by the client can be arranged.

This service provides two key advantages over independent hard drive disposal:

  1. Access to bulk pricing
  2. Better security, as destruction of hard drives takes place on site. There is no need to ship functioning drives to an off-site facility

Cost: 

Resources - Minimum of 10 HDD Charge
1 HDD $5

If you need help or have questions about the service, please use one of the following methods for contacting CCS:

By appointment during regular business hours, minimum of 10 drives.

  1. Record hard drive serial numbers for your own records (optional)
  2. When you are ready to drop off your drives, please call the CCS Data Centre Technician (Ext. 56909) to provide coding and set a drop-off date. 
  3. You will be required to sign a form verifying you’re aware all data on the drives will be lost.
  4. We will securely store your drives until the recycler comes to process them.

Important notes:

  • If you need access to the certificate of destruction, we can give you access to them all.  There will be no way for us to determine which ones belong to which clients.  If you need this granular level of information then you’ll need to maintain a list of your own hard drive serial numbers before dropping them off.
  • There will be no attempts to backup or read the data off these hard drives. Any data on the hard drives must be considered permanently gone.

Who can use this service?

Faculty
Staff