Hard Drive Destruction

Dispose of your old electronic assets quickly, safely, and securely with our hard drive disposal services.

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Accredited hard drive shredding

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  • Our legally compliant hard drive shredding service

    Hard drive shredding is one of the most effective ways of destroying your data-bearing electronic assets. Once we perform our hard drive destruction services, the process is irreversible, meaning that it’s impossible to retrieve any useful data from it once it’s been destroyed.

    We have all the specialised equipment at our custom-built facility in the North West required to do all of the above in a highly secure, controlled environment, so you can be assured that your hard drive disposal is permanent. If you don’t want to destroy your hard drive, we also offer secure data erasure services too.

    Speak to the team for more information about how we can take care of your hard drive destruction in a responsible manner.

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    What our clients say


    "As a major CSP in an overseas territory, it is always a challenge finding a cost-effective solution for telco equipment decommissioning and recycling. Having tried various service companies in the UK, Plexstar quickly stood out. Their diligence and expertise were critical to the success of the turn-key solution they offered, which shouldn’t be taken lightly given the logistical complexity that we faced. They managed the entire process for us, and the overall service and attention afforded was superb. I would not hesitate to recommend Plexstar to anyone and shall certainly be keeping them high up on our list of preferred contractors for the future."

    Hitachi Astemo UK

    "Plexstar are our trusted supplier for Secure Asset Management and WEEE services and have been for many years. They provide an efficient, secure and reliable service that we can count on when needed."

    Scan UK

    "Plexstar have provided an exceptional service to us over the past 10 years. Their customer service is superb and they’re always willing to go the extra mile to support and assist our operations. We can’t ask any more of them."

    Quest Trust

    "’Plexstar were our chosen partner for our 'Global Recycling Day' held in school, giving the opportunity for our school community to safely and responsibly dispose of electronic devices, in accordance with WEEE regulations and as part of our Eco-Schools focus. They generously extended the offer of free collection, safe disposal and data destruction to the rest of the trust when we explained that we had quite a number of laptops and tablets that were obsolete. Plexstar provided us with a collection box and arranged a collection date that suited us, then provided us with full certification. I would definitely recommend them as their service was second to none. We look forward to working with them going forward, as they’ll now be providing the Trust with regular collections."

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    HDD shredder

    Our HDD shredder function involves the physical destruction of the hard drive itself. Although commonly known as hard drive shredding, in reality, the process is much simpler than that. We render the hard drive unusable by physically destroying it so the data that is held on it is no longer accessible or readable and is also destroyed.

    Once the physical destruction has taken place, we will recycle as much as humanly possible and dispose of it in an eco-friendly manner. 

    For hard drive shredding from a company that you can trust, then it has to be PLEXSTAR. We have a purpose-built facility in the North West and over 40 years of experience in dealing with e-waste disposal. We’re dependable, honest, and dedicated to carrying out our tasks to the letter, so get in touch if you have any questions.


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    Hard Drive Shredding FAQs

    Can a magnet destroy a hard drive?

    Technically, yes it can, but you’d need an exceptionally strong magnet to be able to wipe a hard drive. The magnet would have to be so strong, in fact, that it would probably destroy the computer as well as the hard drive. Leave your hard drive destruction to us!

    Do you remove my data before shredding the hard drive?

    That depends on your individual needs. If you still require the information then, yes, we can absolutely do this and store it on our high-security servers if you so wish. However, if you have no use for the data on your hard drive and it’s not legally sensitive, once we physically destroy the hard drive the data contained on it will be rendered useless and irretrievable.

    How eco-friendly are your hard drive disposal methods?

    Very! The hard drive waste will be separated and recycled appropriately. This not only lowers our collective carbon footprints, but it stops potentially harmful chemicals and toxins from being released into the environment.

    How are my hard drives destroyed?

    Your hard drives are destroyed using a high-security hard drive shredder. The shredder shreds the hard drives into small pieces that cannot be reassembled. The pieces are typically about the size of a grain of rice. This makes it impossible to recover any data from the hard drives. The shredder is a secure, industrial-grade machine that is designed to destroy hard drives. The shredder is operated by one of our trained technicians who ensures that the hard drives are destroyed properly.

    Can you collect hard drives from my location?

    Yes, we can collect hard drives from your location. We offer a free collection service for all of our customers. We will schedule a time to come to your location and collect the hard drives. We will then destroy the hard drives in our secure facility.

    Are hard drives worth scrapping?

    Yes, hard drives are worth scrapping. The metal in hard drives can be recycled and reused. The most valuable metal in hard drives is neodymium, which is a rare earth metal. Neodymium is used in a variety of applications, including magnets, motors, and generators. We will recycle the metal in the hard drives that we destroy. We will also dispose of the plastic and other materials in an environmentally friendly way.
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    Contact PLEXSTAR to arrange secure hard drive shredding

    Plexstar provide a reliable and compliant service for the recycling, recovery and disposal of electronic material and components, with a specialism in the IT and telecoms sectors.

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