What is the proper disposal method when a used PC or external HDD / SSD is no longer needed?
It is said that the life cycle of a PC today is three years. As the price of PCs drops rapidly, it may be common for manufacturers to design with a durability of about 3 years. For individual use, it may be used for a little longer though, for companies, it often takes about three years to replace it with a new model. If you buy a new PC, you may dispose of the old PC, however the PC has an internal HDD or SSD that contains your important data. If they are thrown away without data erase, they may be extracted by someone and may be misused. This content introduces how to properly dispose of used PCs, external HDDs, and SSDs.
1. How to properly dispose of a PC
2. What if you want to dispose of an external hard drive or an SSD
3. About HDD data erasure
4. Is it possible to reuse HDDs and SSDs?
Since various data is stored in either an HDD or SSD built into a used PC or an external HDD or SSD, it is not recommended to throw it away unnecessarily. Even if you erase the data on the surface, it may be restored by using special software or technology. Be sure to completely erase the data at your own risk. Or, if you cannot do it by yourself, ask a reliable specialist. Occasionally, you may try to puncture or destroy an HDD or SSD yourself with a hammer or drill, however since this is dangerous and may not lead to complete data erasure, it is not recommended.
For companies that process a large number of HDDs and SSDs in a year, using a device such as an HDD destroyer help you safely destroy them.