Sipi Asset Recovery engages with businesses to determine the best method for certified data destruction given its unique needs. Choosing to crush or shred drives over other data destruction methods may offer several benefits, but each come with their own important considerations!

What are the key differences between crushing and shredding?Drive Shredding & Crushing

The objective of hard drive data destruction services and, in general, physical data destruction, is to render the storage device completely unusable or even unrecognizable. A crushing device can accomplish this by applying immense force to the drive, warping or puncturing the storage medium in a way that makes the data totally inaccessible.

Shredding a hard drive involves more thorough destruction of media, slicing the entire device into thousands of pieces. This completely destroys all data contained within the device as well.

In each instance, the resulting materials may then be recycled or safely disposed of, depending on the material makeup of the destroyed device.

How does an organization choose between drive crushing or drive shredding?

Sipi Asset Recovery has the capability to perform both services, and our experienced team will design the right solution for your company’s needs -- as well as help you choose which method is best. Crushing and shredding practices may be used alone or in tandem to provide the right mix of safe data destruction, secure drive disposal, materials disposal, and adherence to financial constraints.

Crushing benefitsSecurely Destroy Hard Drives with Sipi

  • May be accomplished on-site with manual tools
  • Drives are more easily recycled
  • Fast and inexpensive for occasional, small-scale destruction

Shredding benefits

  • Complete device destruction.
  • More efficient in large-scale applications.
  • Effective for all media formats.

As a company certified in electronic recycling standards by e-Stewards and R2, Responsible Recycling, we are confident that all environmental and economic cost requirements can be met while ensuring sensitive data is securely destroyed. Doing so requires a comprehensive assessment and risk analysis of the ITAD process to determine the appropriate destruction method to suit your organization's needs.