Benefits of a Hard Drive and Media Shredding Service

A Thumbs Up next to three Checkboxes with checkmarks on a ChalkboardWhen your paper records reach the end of their retention lifespan, you shred them. But what about the data stored on your hard drives, tapes, and other digital devices? You have a legal obligation to destroy that information as well. Are you confident you can prevent your expired data from falling into the wrong hands? In this blog, we explain the benefits of hard drive and media shredding service.


Did you know that data on erased or “degaussed” hard drives and tapes can be recovered? With the right technology, cybercriminals can easily retrieve deleted files from your media. The only way to render data irrecoverable is by physically destroying the media it’s stored on. Partner with a hard drive and media shredding service that uses a specialized shredder to apply 20,000 lbs. of conical force onto the platter of the hard drive. This massive force crushes the hard disk’s spindle, forms ripples in the platter, and cuts it into pieces, rendering all data irrecoverable.

Regulatory Compliance

Several federal laws mandate the destruction of financial, medical and consumer information, including the following regulations:

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)
  • The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

Failure to dispose of personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) may result in severe penalties and/or fines. A hard drive and media shredding service helps your company stay in compliance with state and federal privacy laws.

Electronic Recycling

Every year, millions of tons of electronic waste is illegally dumped in landfills, polluting our soil and water. You don’t want your e-waste polluting the environment and posing a risk to human health. A hard drive and media shredding service disposes of your destroyed devices in an earth-friendly manner. After your drives are destroyed, the equipment housing them is disassembled by hand and the pieces are recycled through raw material extraction to produce new metal and plastic products. You receive a “Certificate of Recycle” at the end of the process.

Peace of Mind

Data breaches don’t discriminate between big and small businesses. Many breached companies never recover from the damage to their bottom line and reputation. A hard drive and shredding service minimizes your organization’s risk exposure, enabling you to rest easy at night.

As you can see, a hard drive and media shredding service offers many valuable benefits to your business.

Richards & Richards offers secure, NAID AAA Certified hard drive and media shredding services for businesses throughout Nashville. For more information, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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