The Best Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Data

The data that you store is likely very important. It can contain sensitive company and customer information, as well as information with profitable potential. Businesses in particular are constantly store and saving mission critical files, databases, and documents. The problem is, a lot of the data we store can quickly become obsolete or redundant. And all of this data takes up a ton of space and can even bog down your systems. You may go through and regularly delete old or confidential files, as you should, but is it ever truly deleted? 

This article will serve as a guide to help you truly destroy unwanted data, rather than just hiding it and leaving it vulnerable.

One solution, depending on the sensitivity of the information, is to destroy the hardware on which it is stored. When data is absolutely confidential, it may be best to store it on a hard drive that can then be physically destroyed when the information is no longer needed. Here is a link to a number of effective ways to destroy hard drives:

 

Another solution, if you’re not crazy about the idea of destroying hardware, is to save the information you would like to keep in a separate location, and then simply wipe the drive of everything else. There are different methods of wiping drives depending on the operating system, but they are all fairly straight forward. Doing this will return your drive to its original settings and remove all traces of data that were once there. You can then re-download the data you wish to keep.

Our recommended solution would be to use a professional IT services company for Data Destruction. This is usually a sub-service of IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). ITAD is the removal and disposal of all old, unwanted, or obsolete hardware and data.

While there are many important aspects of IT Asset Disposition, arguably the most important is the protection of sensitive data. Proprietary information, personal customer data, and other forms of data that need to remain confidential are under constant threat from cyber criminals. Time after time, there is yet another company making headlines for a breach in their network resulting in critical data being compromised and ending up in the wrong hands. The stories of sophisticated, coordinated attacks are all too familiar for any systems administrator, but there is a much simpler way for breaches to occur that may be overlooked; a hard drive containing this sensitive material is physically stolen.

Our on-site data destruction ensures that company and customer data will never leave your facility. Any privacy and security concerns can be addressed with proper data destruction of your hardware and software. Our team is sure to erase and destroy retired data to prevent security leaks and to free up your resources.

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Or call us at (315) 724-2209 and ask to speak to our ITAD expert!

About ITAD Services

CCNY Tech provides a wide range of ITAD services. We serve customers in a variety of ways, throughout the lifecycle of their equipment. For some companies, we perform “cradle to grave” type services. We begin with the delivery and installation of IT equipment, we maintain it throughout its use, and we decommission and remove it at the end. The process ends in remarketing or recycling retired assets, and once again supplying new equipment or upgrades.

The 6 Step Process of ITAD Services at CCNY Tech


Receive, Tag, and Inventory Devices

ReceivingCCNY Tech will receive and record invoice information, model, configuration, MAC address (wired and Wi-Fi), and serial number into inventory spreadsheets.

 

Asset Tagging – CCNY Tech will remove each asset from its packaging and place an asset tag physically on the device. CCNY will also record asset numbers on the outside of device packaging.

 

Repack and Storage – CCNY Tech will re-pack and place device into inventory as “Ready for Deployment” and will store the asset in a designated client inventory locked cage on-site.

 

Transport – CCNY Tech will deliver the “Ready for Deployment” asset per the client’s request during the hours of 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday. Minimum of 10 devices per delivery.

 

Processing of Retired Assets
Refurbished Asset – CCNY will pick up retired assets per client request and fully refurbish for resale or process as E-waste if there is no resale value. All client information will be removed from each device and a DOD wipe of any hard drives will be performed.

Remarket Retired Asset – CCNY Tech will remarket assets to our customer user base to maximize returns. Each device will be processed for reuse or recycling, and all profits split with the client. As each asset is sold it will be added to a Purchase Order Report. Monies due to the client will be paid on a monthly basis with all accounts being settled up by the end of each calendar year.

If your company or organization are looking to upgrade or decommission servers, storage or networking equipment, CCNY Tech has the best solution to keep your data secure, help the environment, and perhaps make you some cash for your “no longer needed” IT gear. Give us a call at 1-800-566-4786 and speak to an IT specialist about IT Asset Disposition Services from CCNY Tech.

By Ron Pasquarelli

CCNY Tech has a variety of products from some of the top names in the industry! We supply servers, networking, and storage equipment, along with custom configurations. Check out our site or call our team to learn more about our products and services! Visit Website

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