Enterprises data erasure
When asking about how to deal with old hard drives, enterprises leaders, most of them would like to enjoy the services from third party data sanitization companies instead of cleaning the hard drives by themselves.
Actually, disposing old hard drives like this may be hazardous to your business data and your companies' fame. To erase data before getting rid of disks directly is to ensure data stay private and secure. ByebyeData Eraser Pro for Business Edition or the Admin Edition is the data sanitization software to help.
Download the appropriate edition based on your needs, install it and Run it administrator. Since the hard drives are about to be disposed, there's no need to hesitate which function in ByebyeData Eraser you should use, just use the Erase entire disk function.
Before wiping all the disks connecting to the computer, we need to create the bootable media first so as to wipe the operating system along with other data on the hard drives. So in the main window of this Eraser software, we click Bootable media first.
Booting from CD or the USB you just burned and choose Entire disk to erase. In the erasing list we can use the right-menu to select all the disks. It's very useful when your server side connected many hard drives. Then choose a wipe method or just keep it as default. The more passes you choose, the longer you have to wait, especially when individual hard drives' capacity reach up to 1TB or more.
Then click Erase Now and confirm and wait.
After one pass overwritten on old hard drives, you can call the enterprise data erasure service to pick up them and you can rest assured that no business data can be recovered.
But Wait, is physically destroy hard drive necessary?
That depends mostly on the condition of the hard drive. As is widely known to us all, is it not often used but only reaches the limitation of serving time? Is it new and modern hard drive but frequently used for daily heavy editing works? Basic rules to disposal hard drive are:
1. More than 5 years old hard drives: frequently used hard drives or those who had bad sectors can be disposed; rarely used ones with no bad sectors can be reused.
2. For 3 ~ 5 years served ones: Get rid of heavy used ones and bad sectors found ones. Keep well-functioning ones.
3. For less than 3 years old hard drives: Keep the most of them, dispose physically damaged ones.
No matter which plan to choose, please make sure the hard drives you deliver to data destruction companies are wiped clean.