Hard Drive Destruction


  • Many of the programs available for sanitizing a hard drive do not completely wipe the data from the drive.
  • The software used may leave traces of data or just delete the directories leaving whole blocks of information behind.
  • If the platter is left in tack that data could be accessed.
  • There is also the threat of someone using reconstruction software on your old hard drive–software that will recover and restore any data left behind on a computers hard drive.


HV Shred destroys your hard drives at your location so that you can witness the actual process. The serial number of the hard drive is recorded and a certificate of destruction is provided for your records

Using our mobile crushing device, we physically destroy the hard drive. The equipment we use renders the hard drive useless by bending the platter, crushing the read / write head and damaging the circuit board. After physical destruction we insure your destroyed hard drive is disposed of in an environmentally safe and ethical manner.


  • During the crushing operation, the hard drive motor and spindle were broken away from the frame and smashed (along with the platters) into the top cover, warping the platters in many different directions, but giving it an overall shape that looks like the letter C.
  • During crushing, the hard drives tend to fold over into a C shape or a tulip shape. Along the strongest fold lines the platter is deformed so sharply that the surface and magnetic coating develop thousands of fractures.
  • Aside from various scrapes, dents, dimples and gouges, platters are made unreadable by:
    • Large deformations of the platter that are impossible to straighten out.
    • Thousands of microscopic bumps and valleys in the surface of the platter caused by stretching or compressing the metal.
    • Thousands of fractures in the magnetic media.
  • In short, even if the platter could magically be made perfectly flat again (which it can’t) the surface integrity has been completely obliterated and the data destroyed.