Advances in computer and electronic technologies make a significant impact on our quality of life. From entertainment to information access, electronics have enriched our lives, increased our profitability and streamlined communication. A music collection that occupied several shelves in our homes now fits in the palm of our hand. Files on a single computer replace reams of paper stored in rows of filing cabinets. Laptops, netbooks and smartphones have untethered us from the confines of a brick-and-mortar office.

However, these same advances have an environmental impact as well. According to a recent Environmental Protection Agency study, an estimated 30 to 40 million computers will reach their end-of-life cycle and will be scrapped in each of the next couple of years. They also estimate that electronic waste accounts for 1% of all municipal waste. Furthermore, electronic waste is not biodegradable.

Recycling and reusing old electronics is just one way of lessening the impact on our environment. At The Data Rescue Center, we believe in protecting both our clients’ data and our environment. As a leading California data recovery service provider, we have taken the initiative to provide a free hard drive recycling service to the public. We will take your old hard drives, securely shred the data electronically and place the usable drive components in our “library.” These used components become tools as we perform internal and external hard drive recovery. This also permits us to keep data recovery costs down for our clients. For businesses, this means that the cost of raid hard drive data recovery will not consume their entire budget.