Secure Data Destruction

If you work with confidential information, you need a trusted resource for secure data destruction.

On many operating systems, deleting a file does not actually destroy the data, but simply removes headers. This opens up the file space for rewriting, but does not provide sufficient security for highly sensitive files.

As the experts in data recovery, engineers work with deleted digital files regularly. We understand the limitations of magnetic data storage. Our secure data destruction services provide a cost-effective way to stay protected while maintaining full compliance with various laws and regulations. Call 1-800-237-4200 to get started.


Maintaining Compliance with Secure Data Destruction Services uses professional file deletion methods that completely eliminate data from any type of device, protecting you from compliance violations and privacy issues. Federal, state, and local regulations change frequently to keep up with evolving privacy concerns, and failing to comply with these detailed rules can be expensive — penalties include lengthy audits and significant fines.

Every industry shares the challenge of maintaining digital privacy, but the codes that govern data disposal vary between applications.

Major data protection and security laws include:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Federal Privacy Act
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
  • Department of Defense 5200.01

At, we employ federally recommended practices to follow all general regulations along with the standards specific to your industry. Our methods derive from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-88: Guidelines for Media Sanitization. This publication details best practices for secure file deletion, and is updated frequently to cover new media.

Developing a Secure Data Deletion Plan for Your Business

Following NIST recommendations, our teams work with you to determine the best method of data destruction for your organization.

Consider the following questions when making a sanitization plan for storage media:

  • Does your company plan on reusing the storage device?
    The most common methods for secure data destruction require forfeiture of media. However, if you wish to reuse hard drives, servers, or other devices, we can perform successive overwrites to provide complete security without damaging media.
  • How can you keep your data secure during deletion?
    Choose a data recovery company with a proven track record of discretion. has been a leader in the field of data recovery and deletion since 1998, and we have performed services for high-security clients including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • What is the environmental impact of secure file deletion?
    Digital storage devices sometimes contain heavy metals and other pollutants. If your device has reached the end of its operating life, our engineers can wipe the data and dispose of the physical device in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • How long does it take to securely delete files?
    Our engineers can complete secure data deletion processes within your schedule. All services are held to the same high standards, and successive checks ensure security.

We offer secure deletion options for every type of device. While we regularly work with hard drives and servers, our laboratories are also equipped with read/write technologies for all types of data tapes. In addition to secure deletion, we offer tape recovery and duplication services. Contact a customer service team member for more information.

Delete Files Securely and Professionally with engineers verify the results of every secure deletion and provide professional documentation that can save you from an audit. We also verify third-party overwrites and low-level formats, assuring you that your sensitive data is safe.

We work with businesses, medical facilities, schools, and government agencies of every size, and can put together a custom data deletion package to match your unique needs. Call 1.800.237.4200 to discuss secure data destruction options.