University of Delaware

Electronic Media Destruction
In addition to paper records destruction, University Archives and Records Management offers destruction services for all standard forms of electronic, optical, and magnetic media, except hard drives (please see below for hard drives). This service is available to all University faculty and staff, but it is to be used solely for the destruction of University resources (not for personal use). Destruction certification can be provided upon request. Electronic, optical, and magnetic media are destroyed completely and cannot be reused.

Media ARE NOT sanitized before destruction.

Cost for destruction of all media is not charged back to requesting units.

All electronic media must be removed from computer workstations or devices prior to delivery to the Archives. Hardware cannot and will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: Hard drives are no longer accepted for destruction by University Archives and Records Management. A new policy regarding destruction of hard drives will be forthcoming. Please hold onto any hard drives that need to be destroyed until the new policy is finalized.

Some aspects to keep in mind when using this service are as follows:

  • The media are disintegrated in their entirety. They cannot be reused.
  • Media should be delivered in person to the Archives. Advance notice of delivery should be given to any Archives staff member (x2750 or