Practices & Policies
TO: All Agency Directors, Departments, Divisions, Offices, Boards, Commissions, Counties, and Institutions of the State of California, including State-Supported Institutions of Higher Education
FROM: Dr. David DeMulle'’ – Project Director/Senior Analyst
SUBJECT: Disposition of computer hard drives and the data contained within.
REFERENCE: A Defined Program concerning computer and electronic
solid waste management and data destruction for the state of
All "Responsible Parties" are to take immediate steps to implement
the guidance in this memorandum, including identifying personnel with
suitable expertise to carry out these procedures. All contracts for computer
support initiated after
The following attachments have been prepared to clearly
communicate the acceptable methods of preparing hard drives for disposal:
The information provided in the attachments applies to all Client owned computer drives. Information regarding the disposal of leased computers will be provided on the Spectrum-OSS web site as soon as it is available. Computer hard drives which are removed for the purpose of upgrade or repair, whether leased or owned, are also subject to these guidelines.
The disk erasure programs referenced in Attachment 5 are compatible with Intel-based 486-and-higher processors. For older machines or non-Intel based machines please contact us directly at (818)951-0933 for recommended disk erasure products or procedures.
Additional guidance regarding this subject will be issued as necessary. Questions concerning this memorandum or the attachments may be directed to any officer of OSS-Spectrum.
Dr. David De Mulle'’