• 13.7M
    Disk drives erased, certified and destroyed
  • 19.2M
    Parts recorded and processed
  • €1.75B
    Components recovered for reuse

The threat of data breaches has grown significantly in the last years and organisations are more at risk than ever before. The increased risk factor and higher privacy expectations amongst consumers have led to a greater demand for data shredding services. It is estimated that the global data destruction services market may be worth as much as $ 26bn by 2026. Hard drive shredding is one of the most secure data destruction methods and destroying data in this method ensures full compliance with all applicable data protection regulations.


Why Choose Wisetek for Hard Drive Shredding?

  • Large Operational Footprint

    With facilities spread across the UK, Ireland, and mainland Europe, we can offer local service with international expertise. Wherever you may be located, there is a Wisetek hard drive shredding facility close to you.

  • Extensive Service Offering

    Our range of IT asset disposition services offers the right solution for every data disposal need. We employ circular economy principles whenever possible, but we also offer destructive recycling for cases where only 100% certainty will do.

  • Effective CSR Strategy

    Our innovative and green services unlock the highest possible ROI on retired IT assets in an environmentally friendly way. Remarketing or recycling, we have an environmentally friendly data erasure option for you.

  • Building Customer Trust

    Trust and transparency are at the heart of everything that we do at Wisetek. We allow our customers to witness the data erasure process in person and we can provide video evidence of the hard drive shredding process.

  • Achieve Compliance Effortlessly

    Wisetek meets or exceeds most international IT equipment recycling standards. As a Wisetek client, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your company is wholly compliant with legislation like the EU GDPR.

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    Customer Oriented Pricing

    At Wisetek, we understand that every business is unique, and our pricing structure reflects that. We work with our customers to create pricing structures that suit the unique challenges of their business.

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What is Hard Drive Disposal?

The staggering amount of data that is being created every day requires a vast amount of storage media for storage. Most of these devices have a limited useful life and once they reach the end of their lifecycle they have to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way after the data erasure process is complete. At Wisetek we make use of a variety of methods to dispose of HDDs, including:

Using a professional ITAD company like Wisetek to dispose of your retired hard drives and IT assets is one of the best ways to keep your confidential information secure. There are a variety of methods that can be used to dispose of hard drives, depending on the number of drives, technology, and the sensitivity of the data.

Hard Drive Degaussing

Hard drive degaussing is one of the core service offerings at Wisetek. By using high-strength degaussers, we can permanently erase the data contained in magnetic storage media. It is important to note that degaussing cannot be used with all storage media types. Solid-state drives cannot be erased by degaussing and must instead be destroyed by disintegration.

Hard drive disintegrating

What is Hard Drive Shredding?

Hard drive shredding refers to the process of reducing a storage medium ( hard drive ) to small particles. This not only destroys the physical storage medium but also permanently get’s rid of any data that it might contain. Hard drive shredding is considered to be one of the most secure data destruction methods and Wisetek uses the latest commercial hard drive shredders that are capable of reducing hard drives to very small particles.

Shredding is preferable to other data erasure methods when dealing with classified data because the method provides 100% certainty that data cannot be accessed after destruction. However, this method is more expensive since it destroys the storage medium along with the data. After shredding, the resultant materials can be sorted and responsibly recycled.

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Hard Drive Recycling

Hard drives contain many valuable components that can be reclaimed through recycling. In addition, hard drives are not suitable for disposal in a landfill because they contain dangerous substances which are harmful to the environment. Wisetek employs the circular economy model to realise the highest possible ROI for our customers and protect the environment.

Hard drive disposal

Benefits of Wisetek’s Hard Drive Shredding Service

  • Mobile Service

    Wisetek’s fleet of NSA-approved mobile hard drive shredding rigs offers the security and convenience of being able to destroy hard drives on-site. Whether as a matter of convenience or security, you can witness the destruction of your hard drives in your parking lot. Our state-of-the-art mobile rigs are designed with both security and safety in mind.

  • Secure Data Destruction

    There are times when only 100% certainty will do when it comes to data destruction and hard drive shredding is one of the most secure methods of data erasure. Our hard drive shredders can shred materials down to 2mm particles, eliminating any possibility of retrieving data from destroyed devices.

  • Time & Cost Savings

    Wisetek offers economical and time-efficient hard drive shredding services to our clients. We are capable of processing anywhere between 500 and 3500 drives per hour. The cost of shredding is usually lower than that of other methods such as acid melting or manual destruction.

  • Expert Services

    Expert Service Offering

    Existing commercial hard drive shredders are often ineffective, loud, and cumbersome. They are also uneconomical to operate on a small scale which is why using a professional data destruction outfit like Wisetek is the sound choice. We can offer industry expertise combined with a comprehensive understanding of the regulations that govern data protection.

Risk Of Data Breaches

Data breaches are becoming a bigger and more expensive headache for companies worldwide. 1120 data breaches were recorded in the UK during 2020 alone. The cost of a successful data breach can be astronomical.

Research shows that firms spend on average 3.96 million euros to recover from a successful data breach. Cybercriminals are not discerning when it comes to their targets and businesses large and small are at risk of attack so everyone must take action to secure their data. However, firms often neglect to secure data that is not being used actively even though this data is vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Using Wisetek’s hard drive shredding service to destroy data significantly reduces this risk securely and completely.

Data breaches

The e-Waste Issue

The UK is amongst the world’s top e-waste producing nations with an estimated 1.45 million tonnes of e-waste being produced annually within its borders. Unfortunately, this trend is set to increase in the future with more and more electronic devices being disposed of daily.

e-Waste is toxic to humans and the environment and can pollute groundwater with devastating results. The legislation also allows for large fines to be issued to those who pollute the environment by disposing of IT assets improperly. Retired IT equipment contains many components that can be recycled and re-used. By recycling these components a lower burden is placed on the environment.

Wisetek’s zero-landfill policy ensures that your retired IT assets do not end up in a landfill where it can become an environmental problem.

Electronic waste

Frequently Asked Questions About Hard Drive Disposal

What part of the hard drive needs to be destroyed?

Hard drives differ in their technology, with most being either hard disk drives (HDD) or solid-state drives (SSD). HDDs use magnetic storage technology to store data, with the actual storage component being a small, silver-colored disc (commonly called a “platter”). Dinging or shattering the platter into small pieces renders the hard drive useless.

Solid-state drives, on the other hand, contain no moving parts to destroy and instead store data using flash memory. SSDs can be destroyed by brute force, such as with a hammer, but professional ITAD services can ensure that they’re destroyed quickly and thoroughly.

Can old hard drives be recycled?

Yes! Once hard drives have been thoroughly destroyed, the constituent parts can be recycled. This doesn’t mean you can simply recycle an entire hard drive, however. The hard drive should be disintegrated or crushed before being recycled.

Do not dispose of unprocessed hard drives in a landfill. This contributes to the growing e-waste crisis, and in many states, data disposal laws prohibit improper disposal of electronic waste and can issue significant fines or penalties for failure to comply.

Are old hard drives worth anything?

Old hard drives hold scant scrap value due to the rapid obsolescence of computer technology. They aren’t completely worthless, however. Redundant IT assets may be wiped and resold on the second-hand market or salvaged for scrap metal, but this isn’t a realistic DIY job.

ITAD companies such as Wisetek provide value by ensuring maximum monetary return on old IT assets, thus putting more money back in the pockets of businesses.

Will a magnet destroy a hard drive?

It depends on the size and strength of the magnet. A common refrigerator magnet will not likely do much on a hard disk drive (HDD), but a large, powerful magnet known as a degausser has the ability to render magnetic media completely useless and all data irretrievable when exposed to the strong magnetic forces.

Does wiping a hard drive remove everything?

Wiping a hard drive via software or applications can result in the removal of all sensitive data, but there’s no absolute guarantee that a savvy thief won’t be able to retrieve some or all of the data thereafter. That’s why physical destruction is a sure, time-proven method of securely destroying hard drives.

Deleting all files (e.g. moving everything to the ‘Recycle Bin’) or formatting the hard drive do not securely destroy sensitive data. These methods are ineffective and should not be considered for security reasons.

Does removing a hard drive delete everything?

Simply removing a hard drive from one computer does nothing in terms of data access. Hard drives can be installed on other computers, permitting users full access to all data stored therein. It doesn’t matter if the computer has been idle for weeks or years, all data can be accessed at any time on any computer connected to the hard drive.

Is everything stored on the hard drive?

Not necessarily. In terms of relevant data for your company, such as text documents, spreadsheets, photos, and all other files, these are often stored on a hard drive. Nowadays, many businesses choose to store data on large servers or on the cloud (internet storage).

Nevertheless, any sensitive data stored on your computer’s hard drive should be kept secure and disposal of the hard drive should be handled with professional hard drive disposal services.


Contact Wisetek Today

Contact Wisetek today to discuss your hard drive shredding needs. We have a large footprint in the UK, Ireland, and mainland Europe. Our international expertise combined with local service delivery ensures that you stay compliant at all times.

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