Data Erasure Services
Virtually all copiers and office machines manufactured in the last ten years contain data storage capabilities that enable these devices to retain images of any documents that were printed or copied on it.
Those images are saved in the system memory even after the copier has been unplugged.
Data erasure, often called data clearing or data wiping, is a technology driven technique that seeks to completely destroy all electronic data on a hard disk drive. Traditional file deletion commands do not remove the data completely. Rather, these tasks simply remove the pointers that direct users to data disk sectors which make data recovery possible with standard software tools. Degaussing and physical destruction are two methods of destroying data that leave storage media unusable. However, data erasure is a safe way of removing confidential data while leaving the disk operable.
Software based data erasure is effective because it creates a meaningless stream of data which is then copied onto all of a hard drive’s subdivisions. This method differentiates data erasure from a more simple deletion method. Standard deletion methods leave room for risks of data breach which can lead to issues such as identity theft or failure to reach regulatory compliance. Often times, true data erasure methods will contain several overwrites in order to reach recognized government and industry standards. Properly executed software should provide data erasure verification which is necessary for industry standards.
Remarketing Solutions International provides safe and secure data sanitization that will assure your sensitive data has been removed.
We offer two erasure options that are unique in the way they remove the information from your copier.
- Erase the copier’s hard drive with the system’s software. This is considered a level 1 erasure. However, instead of deleting the information it only makes it more difficult for someone to retrieve the data stored in the equipment. This memory clear process does not completely erase the data from the equipment’s storage media.
- Erase the hard drive using external software. This erasure meets the Department of Defense (DOD) standards. This is considered a level 3 erasure. This option is highly recommended if the equipment has sensitive data such as medical records, IRS/tax information, or social security/credit card information.
Once the process is completed we will provide you with a certificate validating that the work has been completed on your copier machine.