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Data and Hard Drive Destruction Services: How to Destroy a Hard Drive

Table of Contents THE BIG TIP for Hard Drive Destruction and Disposal?  … Leave It to the ExpertsSAN FRANCISCO.. BREATHE EASY.. WE HAVE YOU COVEREDHow GreenCitizen destroys your hard drives the right way:We also offer Hard Drive Disk… Read More

According to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, “computer recycling capacity will need to be able to cope with more than a billion PCs by 2020” and as “access to technology increases in the developing world, the problem of recycling and disposal of desktop and notebook computers rises, too.” In addition, their research suggests that there will be “126 million desktop computers and 900 million notebook computers that will be past their life expectancy by the year 2025.”

That’s a whole lot of computers filled with personal data. That’s why a top Google search is ’how to destroy my old hard drive.’ You’ll probably find photos and YouTube videos of people chopping at their old computers with an ax. We promise this is the not the best way. While the images depicted may be funny, they don’t address the consequences of improper IT asset disposition or sustainability. They don’t say what happens if a drive you forgot to wipe is recovered and you’re reported to the EPA.

THE BIG TIP for Hard Drive Destruction and Disposal?  … Leave It to the Experts

Technology waste is a complex issue and presents a host of special problems. That is why the best solution is to engage an expert, someone who is experienced in electronic recycling and IT asset disposition. Your old hard drives, whether they’re in your laptops, desktops, smartphones, or tablets, if recycled the the right way, will protect the environment, your business, and keep you compliant with government laws.


GreenCitizen provides a hard drive destruction service at our Burlingame, California EcoCenter. Simply bring in or mail your old hard drives to us. Businesses can request a pickup or have hard drive destruction performed on-site.

How GreenCitizen destroys your hard drives the right way:

  1. Remove the hard drive from your laptop/computer
  2. Track the hard drive to its serial number
  3. Track the hard drive to its electronic device
  4. Help you choose whether to wipe the hard drive clean or destroy it. Hard drives of older desktops and laptops are immediately removed and destroyed no matter what.
  5. Then recycle the electronic device

You’ll get a Certification of Destruction listing each hard drive with its serial and model number.

Hard Drive Destruction

We also offer Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

If you choose to get your hard drives, cell phones, and PDAs wiped clear, we first track each item down to its serial and model number, then remove the hard drive. The hard drive will be erased using the Department of Defense 5220.22-M Data Sanitization process. At the end, you’ll get a certificate that lists the specs of each item/hard drive and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your data is safe.

The GreenCitizen Mission- Make Every Day Earth Day

GreenCitizen is a leader in business and consumer electronic recycling in the San Francisco Bay Area. For over 15 years, we have provided convenient recycling pickup, drop-off, and accountability tracking to SF consumers and businesses.

We rely on system-wide innovation, and consumer education with the result of minimizing negative impact to our environment.  With your help we hope to spread our sustainable model to cities everywhere. Recycling your computers and electronics is a huge challenge, but imperative for saving our planet. Our dedication is to partner with YOU to adopt environmentally sound practices and drive impactful environmental change. How can GreenCitizen help you and your business?

For any questions about hard drive destruction, please call us at (650) 493-8700.


James Kao is the founder/CEO of GreenCitizen, which provides products and services that help make every day Earth Day. He's passionate about data and sustainability, with a deep background in launching, funding, and managing successful tech companies. James enjoys spending quality time with his family, hiking, traveling, watching well-made documentaries, and eating good healthy food. read more »

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