Hard Drive & Media Shredding

Hard Drive Shredding

Richards & Richards is Nashville’s only AAA NAID certified media shredding company with the ability to permanently destroy all data on computer hard drives by applying 20,000 lbs of conical force onto the platter of the drive. This massive force crushes the hard disk’s spindle and forms ripples in the platter and cuts it into pieces, rendering all data irrecoverable.

We will barcode each drive received and scan the serial number as the alternate ID, to verify destruction.  We will provide you with a certificate of destruction listing each hard drive by serial number.

Magnetic Media Shredding

Richards & Richards destroy CDs, DVDs, computer back up tape or other magnetic media either on a bulk weight basis or individually track destruction of individual pieces.

All magnetic media is completely destroyed by a ShredPax model AZ-7V shredder.  This machine grinds the material into small pieces.  Destroyed pieces will be recycled or sent to a landfill – this material is in no way usable or reconstructable after the process.

Individual tracking is made available for large capacity media such as computer back-up tapes that can contain large amounts of personal data.  This provides a tape by tape audit trail of their destruction for your records.


The ever changing nature of technology creates a constant need to have a partner to securely and properly dispose of your out-of-date equipment so that you can incorporate the new.

Richards & Richards not only destroys hard drives and magnetic media to AAA NAID standards, but we can also dispose of the equipment around them.

We will take your computers, towers, printers, copy machines, fax machines, etc. and disassemble it by hand. The pieces are separated and recycled through raw material extraction to produce new metal and plastic products.

We provide a “Certificate of Recycle” at the end of the process so you have a full audit chain for your equipment.