Hard Drives

Technology evolves at an incredible rate, and we do our best to keep up with it.
Out with the old model, in with the new.
Instead of just throwing your old hard drive away, consider recycling it.

Can I Recycle My Old Hard Drive?

Yes, all hard drives are recyclable. Most recycling entities will accept both internal and external hard drives.

Is it Illegal to Throw Away My Hard Drive?

The legality of hard drive disposal depends on where you live. Many states have banned electronics, including hard drives, in landfills. 

Most hard drives contain toxins like mercury and lead that could have adverse effects on the environment if leaked into the soil.

How Do I Know That My Information is Safe?

If you’re storing personal, sensitive data on your hard drive, it’s wise to recycle it at an entity that specializes in secure data destruction. 

What is Data Destruction?

Data Destruction is the most efficient way to protect against liability.

$83 billion: That’s the estimated annual cost of data security around the globe in an increasingly digital world. And while viruses, scammers, hackers, and leaks typically get the most attention, many organizations tend to overlook the risks posed by the equipment they no longer use.

On-site data destruction is convenient, efficient, and secure. Our sister company, Cobalt, is the premier certified provider of secure data destruction for decommissioned electronics.

To understand the entire hard drive data destruction process, read about it here.

Can My Whole Computer be Recycled?

Yes, most electronics recycling entities are capable of recycling the entirety of your computer. To learn more about computer recycling, click here.

Can I Recycle All Data-Bearing Devices?

Yes. Most electronics contain valuable metal or plastic that can be properly recycled at most established entities.

However, the dismantling process varies, as each piece model and brand of electronic equipment is constructed differently. While you will typically be paid for the valuable material in the hard drives and other electronics, you might be required to pay a small fee in some cases.

What Certifications Should I Look for in an Electronics Recycler?

You want to make sure the entity recycling your hard drive has all the necessary certifications. Your hard drive contains toxic substances that can damage the environment if disposed of improperly.

Does your company have a fleet of electronics that needs recycling?

Click here to see the certifications of our sister company, Cobalt, and find out more about corporate IT Asset Disposition.

Can I Shred my Hard Drive?

You can try. But a recycler can take care of that for you properly.

Most recyclers will have a specialized destruction process that shreds your hard drive into tiny pieces that can then be recycled properly. 

It’s impossible to obtain any information that was previously stored on the hard drive once it’s shredded.

Next Steps

By recycling your hard drive, you’re taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint, preventing the deterioration of the ozone layer, and promoting a healthier environment for us all. 

Let Cohen properly recycle your hard drive.