Secure Data Disposal

UCSC IT Services offers secure disposal and destruction for University devices and electronic media containing restricted data.

In order to prevent unauthorized access, restricted data on computers, electronic devices, and electronic media must be securely erased or destroyed prior to disposal, re-use or return to vendor. This includes workstations, laptops, portable devices, printers, copy machines, faxes, data sticks, external hard drives, CDs/DVDs, tapes, etc. -- basically anything with a hard drive or external storage that is used with restricted data.


Secure Media Disposal:

ITS will destroy any electronic media (hard drives, CDs/DVDs, tapes, etc.) that contains restricted data, including PII (personal identity information) and PHI (protected health information).

Computer Surplus & Disposal:

When computer equipment is no longer useful, ITS can prepare computers for surplus or e-waste including securely erasing data. Please see the Standard Desktop Support page for additional Desktop Support services.

Requesting the Service

To request secure disposal services, please open an IT Request ticket (CruzID Gold login required).


This service is available for all University devices and electronic media. Personal use is not allowed.


There is no charge for this service!

Related Practices

Practices for Protecting Restricted Data

Internal service information for ITS Service Providers: See IT Request KB0015750 (login required)