As a journalist, I’ve gone through tons of paper. In the ‘80s, conferences were accompanied with rooms filled with press kits – folders, filled with paper press releases. Since then, forward-thinking companies moved to floppy disk, then CDs, and finally USB flash drives to distribute information. Using flash drives has become an increasingly cost-effective and efficient way to disseminate information. USB duplicators make it fast and easy for organizations to create large numbers of flash drives for distribution.
The computer industry learned long ago that, without standards that all manufacturers adhere to, the market would be so limited that it may not even be viable. A seldom-used part of the SATA standard for hard disks called Secure Erase is being used by Aleratec hard drive tower duplicators for the reliable sanitization of hard disk drives, a vital part of proper hard drive decommissioning.
It may seem a bit of a surprise how many hard drives you’ve got, whirring silently, regularly storing your data. Consider, for example, that fax machine. For many years, high end fax machines have been scanning images of the documents you send, writing them to a hard drive, and then faxing the pages from the stored images. Printers, scanners, and fax machines designed for use by organizations will often have notebook (2.5”) or desktop (3.5”) hard drives embedded inside them. The data on the hard drives can be extremely sensitive and, depending on the organization, the discovery of the data on those drives could be calamitous. Selling these devices, returning them at the end of a lease, or even donating them to an organization or people in need can put your organization at significant risk, if the hard drives are not treated properly. Aleratec offers three Hard Drive Duplicators that include the Sanitize feature, offering a choice of sanitization levels.
Using an Aleratec Hard Drive duplicator to upgrade to a larger drive requires some partition adjustment to access the hard drive’s full capacity. When the larger drive clone is created, its partitions match that of the source drive and the remaining capacity is unused. A partition management tool like Windows’ Computer Management allows you to extend or create partitions to take advantage of the full size of the larger drive.