UMIACS Staff will securely destroy any data storage device (e.g. hard drives, USB sticks, CD/DVDs) that we are requested to destroy. This is done using the Storage Device Destruction Service provided by the Division of Information Technology at the campus level. Please stop by the help desk if you would like a device securely destroyed and we will place it in our pile of devices to be sent off to this service when we acquire enough devices to schedule a mass destruction dropoff.
If you plan to destroy a data storage device yourself, please be aware of the University's Data Retention Guidelines if the device is university-owned.
We always recommend physical destruction when possible, adhering to guidelines published by NIST here: https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/specialpublications/nist.sp.800-88r1.pdf