Ombligo uses data sanitization procedures that meet or exceed the level of data clearing and sanitization provided for in those outlined by OEMs. Such procedures may include, but are not limited to, clearing user names, passwords, electronic banners, domain names, host names and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that could identify its partners from all equipment units processed. At a minimum for all HDDs, Ombligo executes one of the following data sanitization methods. If sanitization is successful, then sanitized HDDs are earmarked for sale; if sanitization is not successful, then Ombligo either degausses HDDs, or irreparably deforms, then responsibly recycles, HDDs.
- Firmware-based sanitization commands including Secure Erase Commands (Secure Erase, Secure Erase Enhanced), Sanitize Commands (Block Erase, Overwrite, Cryptographic Scramble), NVM Format Commands and Low Level Format Command (including Security Initialization as available).
- Non-firmware-based sanitization commands including the three-pass block erase data overwrite method. When applicable, the Host Protected Area (“HPA”) and Device Configuration Overlay (“DCO”) are removed.
For all other equipment and computer parts that may contain electronic data (e.g., Redundant Array Independent Disks (“RAID”) Controllers), Ombligo clears and resets them to factory defaults. If clearing is successful, they are earmarked for sale. If clearing is not successful, then Ombligo irreparably deforms, then responsibly recycles such parts.
Ombligo provides its partners with a letter of indemnification that details all of the hard drive data erasure work performed, which includes the following information:
- HDDs’ or other parts’ manufacturer, model and part numbers
- HDDs’ or other parts’ serial numbers
- HDDs’ capacity and interface
- HDDs’ throughput speeds