Do You Need to Wipe a Laptop Before Recycling?

The simple answer is no. Not if you’re dealing with eAsset Solutions. Even if you tell us that you erased the hard drive, we do it again anyway! We do this for all data containing media we receive.

Blue Screen of Death

Blue Screen of Death

Whether unresponsive, timed-out, or possessed by the blue screen of death, you might find yourself wondering what to do with that old laptop of yours now that it’s kicked the bucket. Fortunately, with over 17 years of data destruction and recycling experience, and more compliance accreditations than a five-star general, eAsset Solutions is here to walk you step-by-step through the recycling process of your laptop.

We know: parting with your laptop can be a stressful experience. Apart from the sentimental value of that old DELL laptop Mom and Dad gave you, the wonderful memories you’ve had, a data security breach of your personal information, ranging from anything like bank information to income tax returns, is a real and viable concern. At eAsset Solutions, we pride ourselves on our versatility, our ability to meet your data destruction needs instantly, according to the highest industry standards, and offer several options to address your data security concerns to ensure that, like Sleeping Beauty herself, you get a good night’s rest.

  1. WIPING: Because every hard drive pulled from a laptop, computer, server, or anything under the sun, can contain sensitive information, the first service we offer (free of charge, no less) is hard drive wiping. Adhering to the NIST 800-88 standard, all hard drives we encounter are handled by our professional data destruction team and wiped in our facilities, a process by which information is deleted clean off your hard drive. Safe, efficacious and quiet, this is a personal favorite.
  2. DEGAUSSING: Degaussing, also known as ‘demagnetizing,’ was a process first developed during World War II to reduce the magnetic signature of warships. Today, it’s arguably the most effective and eco-friendly means by which to sanitize a hard drive, and unlike wiping, takes less than a second. In fact, our LM-1 Degausser, which can deploy both on-site and off-site, is capable of degaussing up to 1,500 hard drives an hour, and is recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) for its stealth, efficacy and ease in data erasure security.
  3. SHREDDING: An industry favorite for some time, though less eco-friendly than wiping or degaussing, hard drive shredding offers a visceral, immediate experience as you watch your hard
    Shredded Hard Drives

    Shredded Hard Drives

    drive literally get torn and mangled right before your eyes. Solid State Drives (SSDs) must be shredded or erased, as degaussing does not erase the data. In addition to hard drives, our facility shredder also makes quick work of circuit boards, cellphones, mixed media and storage devices, ensuring that anything containing media or data will be rapidly destroyed.


So whether you decide to wipe a hard drive, degauss a hard drive or have it shredded, eAsset Solutions is ready to answer any and all of your data destruction needs. Once done, a Certificate of Recycling and Data Destruction is then provided to you for your records, detailing the date and method of destruction.

Transparency, which is a by-word for us at eAsset Solutions, is extended to all our clients and scheduled tours of our facilities and operations therein are available upon request.