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Hard Drive Destruction

Hard Drive Destruction

 Old, used university computer hard drives may contain sensitive Classified data and need to be securely destroyed. It is not enough to discard this media by simply deleting or erasing it. The most effective way to ensure the complete removal of data on an old hard drive is to physically destroy it. The disk destruction service provides demolition of these materials by certified vendors and the safe removal of the debris. Safe removal is an important step as the particles resulting from smashed equipment can be hazardous or toxic.

 

  • Hard Drive Destruction

     

    Due to higher than usual call and walk-up traffic, the UT Service Desk will not accept hard drives or media from August 19, 2019 to September 27, 2019. 

     

    Process

    • Complete Request form (button located in the top right of this box)
      • If Media, include types and quantities
      • If Drives, include quantities
    • Prepare hard drives/media by removing any casing, brackets, or other sealing containers
    • A Service Desk agent will reach out to confirm available space and to schedule hard drive/media drop-off appointment

    Accepted University Owned Media for Destruction

    • University owned Hard Drives which have been removed from the mounting bracket or other sealing container
    • University owned USB thumb drives
    • Cell Phones owned by the University or UT Austin Faculty/Staff. The owner should remove the battery from the device (if possible). They can take the battery to the Campus Computer Store for proper disposal
    • SIM Cards
    • USB Cellular broadband devices (USB Modems or other USB devices used for internet connectivity) owned by UT Austin Faculty/Staff or the University
    • CD-ROM
    • DVD
    • VHS
    • Cassette
    • Backup Cartridges
    • 51/4 inch floppy disks
    • 31/2 inch diskettes
    • Reel-to-reel tape
    • Magnetic tape
    Available to:Faculty and Staff
    Features
    • Centrally located on campus drop off location
    • Local, third-party vendor handles secure physical destruction
    • Vendor's "zero waste" policy means that 100% of destroyed media is recycled
    • Toxic substances are handled safely according to EPA regulations and are re-used
    Cost

    Hard drive destruction is available at no cost to UT faculty and staff members for UT-owned equipment.

    Service Level Objectives

    Hours:

    Once a request has been approved through the form above, hard drives and/or media may be dropped off by appointment Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

    Due to higher than usual call and walk up traffic, the UT Service Desk will not accept hard drives or media from August 27, 2018 to September 30, 2018.

    Location:

    Walk Up UT Service Desk, Flawn Academic Center (FAC) Lobby, to the right of the ID Center.

    Hard Drive Destruction Self Help