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When to Completely Erase PCs

When it comes to robust data security, erasing PCs completely before reusing or disposing of them is critical, even though it is considered difficult and time-consuming. Questions may be raised as to why it is critical, and the answer to those questions is that PCs contain the highest volume of enterprise data, which if leaked or breached, can cause vital data security lapse that may be neither detected nor controlled.

Right now, there are three major methods to erase PCs completely, also widely known as disk erasure: physical disk destruction, degaussing, and overwriting. These methods are equally competent and effective, but overwriting stands out against the other two, in regards to cost-efficiency—it does not make the PC disks unusable, whereas the other two do the opposite. It uses internationally certified algorithms that remove the PC data by overwriting it with randomized data; therefore, it allows the enterprises to reuse the disks, provided they are still in good condition. Furthermore, overwriting reduces e-waste, helping companies do their part for eco-friendly, corporate social responsibility.

Overwriting is the most common disk erasure method; however, if hundreds and thousands of PCs need to be erased, it becomes problematic due to its time-consuming and complicated process, as depicted below.

  1. Collect the PCs that are subject to be replaced for reuse or disposal.
  2. Transport and store the PCs in separate spaces or facilities.
  3. Assign personnel to manually run overwriting programs on each PC to erase stored data.
  4. Reuse or dispose of the PCs that completed the overwriting process.

To save time on such a problematic process, enterprises often employ external services. However, such a decision can be a worrying one for enterprises and the responsible parties—all data stored on the PCs in the hands of external services are in their most vulnerable state, where they can be exposed or leaked. Even worse, enterprises will not know whether their PCs have been exposed. To help enterprises lessen their worries, these services provide extra security measures such as video surveillance, RFID tracking barcodes, live streaming of the full process, and heavily secured trucks, which attempt to ensure the safety of PCs and the stored data while they are being transported to and kept in the external facilities. However, a higher level of security leads to increased cost and prolonged processes for the enterprises to endure—this is why disk erasure by overwriting, despite its undoubted necessity and advantages, can become a headache.

Erase PCs in the comfort of your desk for sustained data security and enterprise efficiency

What if enterprises could erase their PCs within their secure office premises from start to finish? After all, issues of vulnerable data security and enterprise inefficiency are rooted in the complications that arise from transporting and storing PCs in external facilities. By entirely removing this negative variable, enterprises no longer have to worry about data security and increased costs because extra security measures like armored trucks or video surveillance cameras are no longer necessary. Thus, Secudrive encourages enterprises to erase all PCs in their secure office premises. With the innovative disk erasure solution Secudrive Drive Eraser, enterprises can facilitate on-site disk erasure by overwriting—enforced by administrators or self-service format—in addition to comprehensive management of multiple disk erasure processes.

Check out our next blog to discover more about Secudrive Drive Eraser and why it is an essential disk erasure solution for all enterprises!

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