Backblaze Dispels SSD Recycling and Disposal Myths

Posted by Megalith 10:40 AM (CDT)

Thursday March 16, 2017

The backup company is offering advice on how to securely recycle or dispose of your old SSDs. There is certainly nothing too mind-blowing hereآ—as you may have already guessed, physical destruction by means of shredding or encrypting the entire drive works great. I found it interesting that they advised against zeroing out a drive, however.

Physically destroying the SSD by shredding it into small particles is the absolutely safest, most foolproof method for safe and secure disposal. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive. Prices on devices designed for SSD shredding start in the thousands. If your business has the budget, a number of companies make shredding devices especially designed to physically destroy SSDs. Security Engineered Machinery, Phiston, and Garner are popular SSD shredder makers. It’s important to check the specs of any potential shredder to make sure the shred size is small enough to actually destroy the memory chips on your SSD, however. The shred width should be 1/2 inch or less if you want to make sure the chips get properly mashed up.