Data Destruction

It is essential for data security and the protection of personal, proprietary and confidential information that data is permanently destroyed, deleted or erased from devices. Xperien is able to professionally erase your data on retired IT assets in compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI) legislation.

We offer the following safe and secure data destruction services:

Data Destruction Certificates

All our data destruction methods are accompanied by certificates that will be required for an audit trail.

Offsite hard drive destruction

We use degaussing to destroy large quantities of hard drives and devices, this method offers high security, speed and cost effectiveness. Degaussing is not suitable for SSD-based HDD’s and devices.

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Onsite data destruction – small quantities

Our technicians are able to perform onsite destruction of hard drives and devices using physical destruction. Our mobile shredders are able to handle 300 hard drives or cell phones daily.

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Destroy & Recover Value - On or Offsite

To recover value from hard drives and devices with SSD data storage mainly cell phones and USB sticks, we use software erasure which eliminates data without physically destroying the asset’s value.

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Tape Destruction

We destroy all types of data tape media, jukeboxes, libraries and CD’s physically by shredding them into tiny pieces. However, we can also degauss tape to reduce cost.

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We provide secure lockable strongboxes that can be used to collect hard drives, mobile phones and other devices prior to our arrival onsite. These can be used for a destruction or a collection for offsite destruction.

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This process uses a magnetic charge to eliminate data and it also destroys other components of the hard disk drive – ensuring double protection. Degaussed drives can then be thrown away, recycled or destroyed. More importantly, degaussing is used for maximum security applications to meet the standards of many authorities including The National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA publishes a report called the “NSA’s Evaluated Products List-Degaussers” which serves as a compliance tool for the Department of Defence and Federal Government Agencies. Likewise, our products meet HIPAA, GLB Act and Payment Card Industry requirements.

Mobile Shredder




Physical shredding of the hard disk drive by crushing and mangling it into tiny 25mm pieces. This eliminates the data and renders the hard disk drive unusable. This is the most secure method and chosen by clients that wish to spare no expense in securing their proprietary data.

This can be performed onsite (Gauteng only) with our mobile unit destroyData. This option offers maximum security and a complete chain of custody as the data does not have to be transported to a crushing plant.

However, it is the costliest and least environmentally friendly and is preferred when large quantities (100+) of hard disk drives have been accumulated for destruction. This method is also recognised by all standards.

Software erasure



The crucial nature of data sanitisation lead us to develop our own bespoke software destroyData® based on secure erase® it performs advance digital data elimination (digital sanitation). This destruction process allows the hard disk drive to be reused making data sanitisation the most environmentally compliant procedure. destroyData’s solution create an audit trail that captures the serial number of the hard disk drive and the device to which it is connected and records this on the disposal certificate.

Software erasure is the costliest option because it is time consuming, taking up to 2 hours for a 320GB hard disk drive to be sanitised. There is also license fees payable for each disposal certificate. However, sanitisation is usually the preferred option for newer equipment where the charges can be recovered from the residual value in the IT equipment.

The secure erase® is a command that reside in the hard drive firmware it is approved the by the agency Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) and locally it has been certified by the leading data recovery experts Computer Storage Service International (CSSI) follow this link to see the engineers report that certifies our data erasure process.

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destroyData® will eliminate the risk of data loss in hard drive being disposed it is a simple, secure and efficient solution to assist you in safeguarding your company’s integrity and reputation. Our customer have chosen destroyData® software due to its ability to provide an audit trail, support multiple device platforms, erase 40 devices simultaneously and it is compliant with the requirements of PoPI (Protection of Personal Information) Act 2013, By conforming to technology standards and certifications, this software together with our experienced team are able provide you with a markets leading service that guarantees no data will be left behind at time of disposal.