My hard drive is inoperable but contains sensitive data.
Degauss the drive and destroy the disk platters.
I want to transfer my old computer, which contains FERPA protected records, to another user.
Disk wiping is the best alternative. Degaussing might make the hard drives inoperable which would render the machine unusable.
I want to transfer my old computer that doesn’t contain sensitive data, but does have licensed applications on it, to another user.
Since data is not an issue, the simplest method would be to reformat the hard drive. This will ensure that any individually licensed software is unusable.
My computer has reached its end of life and is not transferable to another user. What do I do?
The computer must be wiped and then turned over to WMU Surplus Sales.
My hard drive failed and contains sensitive data. The computer manufacturer is requesting the drive be returned to them in order to do a warranty replacement.
You should inform the manufacturer that the drive has sensitive data and that you do not want to send it back. If the manufacturer informs you that they will not send a replacement without the damaged drive, you should request a formal letter from the manufacturer stating that they will ensure that all data is securely wiped from the hard drive. If the vendor continues to refuse, you should purchase a replacement drive and ensure that the damaged disk is destroyed.
I have a very large volume of various media to retire that contains sensitive data.
Contact WMU Logistical Services. They can work with various professional shredder companies that will come on campus and shred the media. When finished, they will also provide you a certificate of destruction.
I want to remove all personal data from my BlackBerry.
You can select Wipe Handheld in your security options. To remove all applications and application data, also select the Include third party applications option. Also, if your BlackBerry device password is entered incorrectly more than ten times, your device will permanently delete any stored data. See more info.