Green Machines

Aleratec Tower Hard Disk Drive Duplicators offer a greener alternative to hard disk drive disposal.

by Perry Solomon

Green Technology, or Green Tech, is on the forefront of corporate culture. Green companies are embracing alternatives to wasteful practices that can harm the environment, and Green Tech has given rise to popular programs such as Energy Star-rated appliances and e-waste recycling, or the reusing of parts from computers, mobile phones and other electronics.

The technological revolution hasn’t always been kind to Mother Nature. Particles from smashed IT equipment can be hazardous or toxic, and many tons of these particles can and do end up in our landfills. One green technology that’s been flying under the radar is the hard disk drive sanitizer. Perhaps not as exciting as hybrid electric cars or algae bio-fuels, products such as Aleratec’s Tower HDD duplicators and sanitizers go a long way in protecting the environment by reducing the wasteful and careless practice of throwing away computer hard drives.

Destroy and Bury

It’s often the case that when organizations and individuals dispose of hard drives, parts end up in a landfill somewhere. However, just as with disposal, reusing or redeploying the hard drives has its risks. After all, a used computer’s hard drive may contain e-mail messages, credit card information, bank statements, and all kinds of personal information that could put a company or individual at serious risk. If the data on that hard drive is not 100% erased, clever thieves may find a cornucopia of confidential data, and exposure of any critical data puts a company at financial risk that can lead to penalties, fines, damage to the company’s reputation and even criminal prosecution.

Aleratec  HDD Copy Cruiser IDE/SATA High-Speed Duplicator
A green alternative to disposing of hard disk drives, Aleratec’s HDD Copy Cruiser IDE/SATA High-Speed Duplicator sanitizes drives for reuse.

A greener and completely safe alternative is the use of Aleratec’s Tower Hard Disk Drive Duplicators and Sanitizers that permanently delete all information on hard disks to prevent data recovery. Aleratec Tower Duplicators offer Secure Erase technology that completely sanitizes all data stored on the drive to prevent confidential information from falling into the wrong hands. In addition, many of Aleratec’s hard disk duplicators and sanitizers offer Certified Sanitization. Hard drives sanitized by the 7-pass overwrite algorithm of these models have been certified by a third-party expert in forensic data recovery as having had all data permanently destroyed and meeting the NIST 800-88 standard of sanitization.

Waste Not, Want Not

Wiping and reusing hard disk drives is a win-win proposition. Fewer toxic chemicals and components end up in our landfills and ground water because hard drives can be reused, a much greener alternative to hard disk drive disposal. Aleratec’s Tower HDD Duplicators and Sanitizers give companies the choice to reuse the drives to cut down on waste and save money or donate the drives to schools or non-profit organizations that may not have the resources to buy new hard disk drives. So the next time you load a hard drive into an Aleratec Tower Hard Disk Drive Duplicator and Sanitizer, pat yourself on the back. You’re doing your part to cut down on waste and promote a greener economy.

This blog was written and posted by Perry Solomon, President & CEO of Aleratec, Inc.
Posted in Blog Entries, data security, disc duplicator, disc duplicator, Duplicator, Hard Drive, HDD Duplicator, IDE

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