Media sanitizing is electronic file destruction. In the same way that paper files containing sensitive information can be shredded or burned, electronic files can be destroyed using various methods. The most effective form of electronic data destruction is done with file shredding software.
Benefits and key features
IS&T will wipe, repurpose, or recycle computers and other electronic devices without the risk of data leaks or privacy breaches.
- Wiping/erasing hard drives and other data storage media.
- Wiping/erasing mobile devices.
- Recycling or repurposing aged machines.
- To wipe the drive yourself, use a utility tool that overwrites every sector of the hard drive with binary 1s and 0s. For more information, see: Removing Data from Computers.
- Removing Data from Mobile Devices
- Distributed IT Resource (DITR) customers can arrange for their systems to be wiped on campus. DITR will store your items in a safe location prior to being picked up by third-party vendor Arrow Value Recovery.
- If you only have a few computers or devices, MIT Facilities will pick them up at no cost (items must weigh under 50 lbs). However, they will NOT remove the data from the drives. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Learn more about eWaste disposal at MIT.
- For large amounts of equipment, consider paying a service to wipe the drives for you. The potential liability if sensitive data gets out could easily justify the cost. MIT has an agreement with Arrow Value Recovery. Contact Melanie Jacques to arrange for pick-up and disposal of equipment.
- If you're not using any of these routes, make sure to use vendors who are National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) certified.