Commercial Moving

JK’s shredder leaves old hard drives in the dust

By Amy Mergler

Companies are consistently faced with the question of how to keep their important data safe. For information that is no longer needed, secure disposal is the best bet.

JK’s data destruction services include shred bins and executive consoles; guaranteed, secure document destruction; and digital media destruction. To tackle the destruction of digital media, JK uses a specialized shredding machine.

JK’s mobile shredder

The shredder is fully mobile and can be powered by our trucks’ on-board generators, so we’re never in our customers’ way. The drives you want to be destroyed are fed into the shredder. A shatter-resistant window provides a view of the crushing mechanism in action. You can watch the shredder align and pull the drive between the teeth of three interlocking gears. And you can be sure there is no chance of reconstruction. The data is irreparably destroyed. You hear a brief sequence of snapping and crunching sounds during the shredding process. But the self-contained machine dampens the noise, causing no disturbance to the office workflow.

On the job, the process is less about the cool machine and more about providing a mobile and secure means of hard drive destruction to our customers. With a dedicated laptop, our team scans the serial number of each drive as it is processed, and we deliver a complete inventory and certificate of destruction to the customer. This provides a definite end to the data lifecycle, ensuring complete security for organizational data.

That’s it for the customer, but there’s one more step for us. In keeping with our commitment to sustainability, we pass on the shredded drives to an R2 Certified partner, which means the material stream is safely and reliably managed according to the most stringent industry standards. A significant amount of the raw material is recyclable, and we’re dedicated to keeping it out of the landfill. It’s a critical step of the process, but we’ll admit, the shredding is the fun part.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on November 1, 2012, and has been updated for accuracy.