One of the most important efforts in an ITAD process is getting a good value return on clients’ used hardware. Most people who hire an ITAD specialist to decommission a data center or recycle old computers and hard drives are seeking the maximum value return on the items, anticipating that the vendor will give an idea of the equipment’s value and seek to return as much of the initial investment as possible. However, many people are in the dark about their own equipment and its worth after it leaves their possession.
Use and Age = Determining a Used Hard Drive’s Value
Relying on a trusted ITAD vendor to get a maximum return on value is one thing, but there are more concrete methods of ensuring that your equipment secures its full worth. One way of determining the worth of a hard drive is by factoring in how much use it’s undergone. Think of it like a used car—people heavily determine worth based on mileage. In both cases, other factors like make, model, and demand influence it, but the reality is that usage levels in combination with its age make all the difference.
While the age of a hard drive can be researched, and gleaned easily, it’s not exactly possible to glance at a hard drive and know exactly how much use it’s gotten, and it’s irrelevant to make the call for its value based on the make and model alone. A high-end hard drive can fetch a lot less if it’s been put through vigorous usage or is extremely out-of-date. Similarly, a less prolific brand can still pull in a decent return on value if the drive is relatively new and hasn’t been used as heavily. It’s critical to know the amount of time a hard drive has spent running and its age relative to the usage levels.
Determining Hard Drive Usage Hours Without Spending Extra
Determining this can be performed using software. Some companies specialize in measuring the number of hours a hard drive has been run. However, these companies will only perform a check for a fee in addition to the ITAD services your company may already be paying for.
Since data destruction is a major priority during an ITAD service, why not combine the data wiping with measuring the hard drive usage to get a more thorough idea of what the drive is worth?
Combine Data Destruction with a Usage Measurement
WipeOS software has the built-in capability of measuring how many hours of run time a hard drive has seen over the course of its life, which leaves no questions about its condition and age. Coupled with a system of full-scale reporting of the data destruction process, combining data wiping software with measuring a hard drive’s run time is a thorough, definitive way to ensure the value return your equipment deserves doesn’t slip through the cracks.