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We have 100+ hard drives we need to dispose of, the CEO had requested they be pulled from all decommissioned PCs before giving away. What is the best environmentally safe way to dispose of these that will prevent someone potentially getting files/data off of them?

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You can degauss them yourself, and then send them off to a professional for disposal where they will be mechanically crushed and the materials recycled.

If you do not have the ability to deguass them, and the data is very sensitive, you could at least sanitize/zero all of the disks prior to sending them for disposal since most companies cannot 100% guarantee the data will not be intercepted.

If you are willing to process the data on every hard drive prior to sending them off, you would have many options, but I am assuming you would just like to be rid of them.

Look into On-Site disposal solutions such as the ones Nexcut offers, they will come to your facility and crush/shred/drill holes into tape media, hard drives, disks, anything.

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If all your worried about is wiping the data off the drives then please see this previous post:

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There already is a question addressing both wiping and disposal:

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Disposing one drive != disposing hundreds in an environmentally safe way. (ie Hydrochloric Acid) – mxmissile May 15 '09 at 13:48
environmentally safe way is to recycle it as scrap metal. – vartec May 15 '09 at 14:56

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