Complete Data Security Wipe

Rest assured, ACE Recycling has your data security at the top of our list of priorities.  We are consumers also. We also have hard drives at home and work and understand that sensitive data is on those devices.  When ACE Recycling takes your electronic device, it is never booted up.  We never go into your operating system, and quite frankly, we don’t want to. The industry ACE Recycling is in is called IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). Data security is the focus of the ITAD industry. More recently, it has become central to the idea of a circular economy. Equally important, the industry has become focused on disposing of electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible way.

ACE Recycling Data Security Standards

ACE Recycling adheres to the data destruction standards set in the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report Guidelines for Media Sanitization 800.88. We use a one-pass overwrite with complete disk verification, completed using the latest version of Active@ KillDisk. According to the National Security Agency, data wiped using these standards is “permanently destroyed as to make any type of forensic data recovery impossible.” 

ACE Recycling Certified Data Destruction

In addition to the software verifying the sufficient wipe of your data, we check ourselves. ACE Recycling takes a random sampling of the devices undergoing the sanitization process. This tiered system ensures data security, giving our customers peace of mind while keeping the device in circulation.

As part of our commitment to a circular economy, we want to refurbish anything we can. ACE Recycling is doing its part by reusing materials to reduce electronic waste and carbon emissions. It is estimated that by 2040 carbon emissions from the production of new electronics will reach 14% of the world’s total carbon emissions.  Reusing material reduces the number of raw materials that need to be extracted from the Earth to create new electronics. Over time, this will reduce the cost of these electronics and lessen the damage caused to the land, water, and air by extraction, production, and shipping.  To that end, working hard drives are wiped.  Any hard drives that fail are physically destroyed.  ACE Recycling can provide a serialized list of erased hard drives upon request.  This service is provided to all customers at no cost.

If you need files, pictures, or documents on your hard drive, transfer them to a USB or second hard drive.  As mentioned, everything is wiped.  If you need help, please refer to the Guide to Preparing your Electronic Equipment for Recycling article.

Data Erasure

ACE overwrites data using a one-pass overwrite with complete disk verification, completed using the latest version of Active@ KillDisk. This destroys all electronic information on a hard disk drive, rendering it unrecoverable.  Complete data erasure destroys all data, including operating systems. Thus, during the wiping process, data on the hard drive is never accessed.  All we see during the wiping process is the serial number of the hard drive and that is it being read by Active@ KillDisk.  Check out the video below to watch data erasure in action!

Data wiping offers an alternative to physical destruction, allowing the hard drive to remain in circulation, reducing electronic waste and carbon emissions.  More detailed information on wiping.

Physical Destruction

Hard drives that fail at any step of the data wiping process, are obsolete, or have mechanical failures are physically destroyed.  Wiping and physical destruction achieve the same outcome concerning data protection. The only difference is a destroyed hard drive is no longer part of the circular economy.  When a hard drive cannot be reused, it is destroyed by punching a hole through the spinning disk within the drive.  This spinning disk is where data is stored.  The data on the hard drive cannot be accessed because the spinning disk is destroyed.  It is recycled to extract the rare earth metals contained within the magnet.

See it in Action!

Watch the video below to see the data destruction process.  In this video, you will see us erase a hard drive with the Destroyinator using Active@KillDisk.  Additionally, see what a punched hard drive looks like.  As always, we aim to be as transparent as possible.  Please let us know if you have questions.