Data Destruction: The Different Types and How to Choose

Mar 10, 2022

Data Destruction: The Different Types and How to Choose

Data protection and user privacy are the responsibility of businesses, and the proper disposal of information is a critical part of operations. Internal teams, clients, and partners all have valid reasons for their data to be protected.

Rendering information unreadable is the only way to be certain it won’t be accessed after it has been discarded. Data destruction, asset recycling, and certification provide a means of getting rid of old equipment without fear of data being compromised.

Whether it’s for old computers, drives, or even paper documents, data destruction gives businesses peace of mind when disposing of old equipment.

What Is Data Destruction?

Data destruction is the process of destroying stored data to ensure it can’t be accessed. Private user data such as identification numbers, transaction records, and personal health information should not be made public.

The proper disposal of important assets such as intellectual property and financial records is vital for organizational security. Data destruction provides a means for businesses to operate securely and effectively manage their infrastructure.

Types of Data Destruction

The point of data destruction is to render information unreadable. Whether this is done through physically destroying the devices the data is stored on or using standardized wiping methods, the data will be gone forever.

Data destruction offers an effective solution for businesses concerned about compromising important information. With data destruction, businesses can be certain that their data won’t get into the wrong hands.


Shredding involves the proper destruction of user devices such as computers and tablets, as well as storage devices such as HDDs, SSDs, USBs, CDs, DVDs, and even cassette tapes.

Industrial shredders offer a means to completely destroy the devices and any information that might be contained on them. Traditional document shredding is also a form of data destruction and is a reliable way to keep private information safe.

Wiping Old Drives

Erasing data from old drives might seem straightforward, but some information can remain afterward. The use of professional wiping software in accordance to NIST standards is an efficient and cost-effective process that makes information completely unreadable.

Deleting data so drives can be reused has the added benefit of reusing products, creating more sustainable business practices.

SEAM Data Destruction

Secure Enterprise Asset Management (SEAM) offers certified data destruction in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We are experts on providing industry-standard data shredding and wiping services in South Dakota and North Dakota.

SEAM provides standardized shredding and wiping for hard drives and solid-state drives. Our industrial shredder will take care of any type of storage device. We also provide document shredding, offering 5/8″ strip cut for general business compliance.

Data wiping conforms to Revision 1 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication Series 800-88.

If you need data destruction done right, then SEAM is here for you! Contact us today

SEAM provides IT recycling and data destruction services including onsite shredding and hard drive wiping to South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

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