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Data Destruction

The GDPR exists to ensure that personal data is properly secured and protected against data breaches, leaks and hacking. So before you recycle your old computer or donate it to a charity shop make sure that you have removed all of the data from it.

Resetting the PC or formatting the hard drive will not remove all of the data, even if you have deleted your files prior to carrying out the procedure. If you are wanting to recycle the computer then you will need to have the data wiped from it permanently, this is not only for your protection but is also a legal requirement under the Data Protection Act.

Data is stored as binary numbers, by magnetism, electronics or optics and you have to remember that data is not only stored on the hard drive, it is also stored on other components within the computer. The computer’s BIOS for example contains operating instructions, including passwords stored as data in its electronic memory.

If you are considering recycling your old tech then you should give us a call and we will carry out an in depth “Clinical Data Destruction” procedure to “Ministry Standards” and return a clean machine to you. We can even re-instate the operating system, drivers and supporting software so that the machine can be donated fully functional.

Data Disposal:
If you are wanting to permanently dispose of your old computer, then we can carry out a level one destruction of the components that may contain data, this includes the hard drive, processor, bios and memory chips.

Enterprise Drives:
Enterprise class drives are constructed with heavy duty components and are designed to withstand higher temperatures and prolonged usage. Enterprise SSDs are typically made of longer-lasting flash memory and use different architectures to optimise performance, and often house three boards rather than the one found in consumer drives. Enterprise HDDs are constructed with heavy duty components including a headstock with higher structural rigidity, larger magnets and air turbulence controls, and double-anchored spindles. In addition, they often contain heat sinks and cooling tubes. So given the durability and the amount of heavier components installed into these drives, you will appreciate that they cannot always be destroyed by conventional means.

GDPR – The General Data Protection Regulation
PII – Personally Identifiable Information
CUI – Controlled Unclassified Information



The 3.5″ floppy became the standard storage disk in the late 1980s, due mainly to the fact that it provided better protection and more compact data storage than its predecessor the 5.25″ floppy. This was slowly replaced by other formats including Zip, Jaz and Tape Drives.

We can access data on most media types including, Zip, Jaz, Tape, Cassette, CD, 5.25″ and 3.5″ floppy disks and then transfer the salvaged files onto a more accessible media.

Many companies still have files stored on these types of media and use our services to recover or transfer data from them.

ADSG Jaz Drive and media (Advanced Digital Systems Group) was a Sony Data Storage System launched around 1999

The Iomega Ditto and Ditto Max tapes from the 1990’s were aimed at small business file back-up and archive storage

Syquest 5.25″ inch removable cartridge drives (44, 88 and 200MB capacities) were commonly used on Apple Mac systems.

Magnetic Tape Storage