It is very important that all business sensitive data is thoroughly destroyed when deciding to replace your IT equipment. At Qualified Remarketing, we understand the importance of security and privacy. Thanks to our expertise and the use of advanced software, we can guarantee that all your data is completely and safely removed from both hard drives and flash disks. So you sell your depreciated IT equipment to us or have it disposed, knowing your data is the right hands.

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What is data wiping?

Data wiping is the safe and permanent removal of your business-sensitive information from hard drives, laptops, computers and other equipment that may contain data. The data deletion is carried out with special equipment that ensures that all your data is permanently and securely erased. Your hard disk remains intact and you prevent possible data leakage.

Qualified Remarketing uses YouWipe, among other data erasure software systems, to erase hard drives. After your data has been erased, you will receive a fraud-resistant certificate of erasure with a detailed audit to meet all internal or external audit requirements.


Data wiping vs. formatting

Formatting a hard drive or other equipment is less effective than data wiping. With formatting, the information that has been ‘erased’ remains on the hard disk. This information is no longer visible to you, but the data is still present and can be recovered.

With data wiping, the data is actually deleted, it is no longer present after this and cannot be recovered. This makes data wiping more effective than formatting the hard drive.


Advantages data wiping

  • Data wiping gives you the opportunity to safely give your equipment a second life.
  • Data wiping responds to Article 17 of the GDPR, which obliges you to be able to delete data from computers and hard drives.
  • All Data is destroyed as opposed to formatting the hard disk.
  • With our certificate you can prove that all data has been successfully erased, according to strict professional standards.

Roadmap data wiping or data destruction


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Together we will schedule an appointment to collect the equipment. We do not perform data wiping on location.


We will collect the equipment from your location.


We will erase all data or destruct the drives according to your wishes.



Our preference in most cases is to destroy the data and not the equipment or drive. In this way, the hardware remains intact and can be reused. If its company policy to destroy the hard drive, then we also offer that option. This is done with a degausser (DEG-20CL). The hard disk is a magnetic object. The degausser demagnetizes the hard drive by creating a magnetic field to which the hard drive is exposed. The data on the hard disk is thus destroyed. So, degaussing is not effective with flash memories, because they are not magnetic data carriers.

Just like data wiping, you will receive a certificate of destruction with a detailed audit to meet internal or external audit requirements.



Physical destruction of the hard drive can be done by grinding it with a shredder, bending it with a crusher or piercing it with a puncher. All three of these methods will damage the hard drive. However, the magnetic signal on the platters (the physical disks of the hard drive) remains. With the right equipment, the information can be read out. The hard disk may be physically broken, but the information can still be traced back. 

The degausser destroys the magnetic fields of the hard disk, which means that the information can no longer be read. This makes the degausser more effective than physical destruction. Degaussing is the only guaranteed form of safe hard drive destruction. 


Why choose Qualified Remarketing?

At Qualified Remarketing, the security of your data is paramount. Through the cooperation with certified partners such as YouWipe and the use of the degausser, we can guarantee with 100% certainty that the data that has been erased cannot be found again. You always receive a tamper-resistant certificate of the erased or destroyed equipment. So you can rest assured that we will erase or destroy all data from your equipment.

YouWipe has been recognized and successfully certified to strict professional standards by government and independent security organizations such as NATO, the British National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), the Common Criteria (EAL +3), the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service, the Finnish National Cybter Security Center (TRAFICOM) and ADISA (UK Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance.

In addition, YouWipe complies with strict government regulations and industry standards such as the GDPR, HIPAA, FACTA, PCI, DSS, SOx and the Data Protection Act.

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