Hard Drive Destruction
Old, used university computer hard drives may contain sensitive Category-I data and need to be destroyed correctly. It's not enough to discard this media by simply deleting or erasing it. The most effective way to ensure the complete removal of data on an old hard drive is to physically destroy it. The disk destruction service provides demolition of these materials by certified vendors and the safe removal of the debris. Safe removal is an important step as the resulting particles from smashed equipment can be hazardous or toxic. Drop off hard drives and other electronic media owned by UT for destruction at the Information Desk located in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC).
When dropping off drives for destruction, please remove them from the drive mounting brackets.
Hours and Location
1-5 pm Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays.
Service Desk, Flawn Academic Center (FAC) Lobby.
Accepted University Owned Media for Destruction
- University owned Hard Drives which have been removed from the mounting bracket
- University owned USB thumb drives
- Cell Phones owned by the University or UT Austin Faculty/Staff. The owner should remove the battery from the device (if possible). They can take the battery to the Campus Computer Store for proper disposal
- SIM Cards
- USB Cellular broadband devices (USB Modems or other USB devices used for internet connectivity) owned by UT Austin Faculty/Staff or the University
- Backup Cartridges
- 51/4 inch floppy disks
- 31/2 inch diskettes
- reel-to-reel tape
- Magnetic tape
- Centrally located on campus drop off location.
- Local, third-party vendor handles secure physical destruction.
- Vendor's "zero waste" policy means that 100% of destroyed media is recycled.
- Toxic substances are handled safely according to EPA regulations and are re-used.
Hard drive destruction is available at no cost to UT faculty and staff members for UT-owned equipment.