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Thanksgiving 2014 Paper Shredding Hours

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Total Secure Shredding

Happy Thanksgiving

Howdy Holiday Revelers/Shredders,

Hard to believe the season is upon us once again!

Our Thanksgiving hours:

  • Wednesday (11/26/14): OPEN
  • Thursday (11/27/14): CLOSED
  • Friday (11/28/14): CLOSED
  • Saturday (11/29/14): OPEN

Have a great Turkey Day everyone!

Your friend,

Head Shredding Guy

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The 12 Days of SHREDmas

Posted on 05 December 2012 by Total Secure Shredding

Welcome to the 12 Days of SHREDmas!

12 Days… 12 Discounts

Starting today December 6th and going to Friday December 21st, I’ll be offering a different discount each day.

But there is one catch…

The coupon will be available for download ONLY ONE DAY.

However, the coupons will be valid to use anytime through January 31, 2013.

  1. One Hard Drive for FREE – Available 12/06/12 [Click Here]
  2. Cross-Cut Shredding for the price of Strip-Cut – Available 12/07/12 [Click Here]
  3. Strip-Cut Shredding for the price of Un-Witnessed Shredding – Available 12/10/12 [Click Here]
  4. One File Box Shredded for FREE when you Shred 1 Hard Drive – Available 12/11/12 [Click Here]
  5. Last Year’s Purge Prices – Available 12/12/12 [Click Here]
  6. One FREE Hard Drive with 2 Boxes of Shredded Documents – Available 12/13/12 [Click Here]
  7. Unlimited CD’s/DVD’s/Diskettes Shredded for FREE – Available 12/14/12 [Click Here]
  8. 8% OFF any Shred Service – Available 12/17/12 [Click Here]
  9. 50% OFF Phone Shredding – Available 12/18/12 [Click Here]
  10. 10% OFF any Shred Service – Available 12/19/12 [Click Here]
  11. 15 Boxes for the Price of 10 – Available 12/20/12 [Click Here]
  12. 12% OFF any Shred Service – Available 12/21/12 [Click Here]

Just to emphasize how I envisioned this working, the coupons will be available for download only for one day but will be valid for use through 1/31/12.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call:

(619) 295-5474

Happy Holidays, Your Friend,

Head Shredding Guy

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Hard Drive Shred Size – Does it Matter?

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Hard Drive Shred Size – Does it Matter?

Posted on 12 October 2011 by Total Secure Shredding

Finally, an article that puts the argument of Hard Drive Shred Size to bed!

Just a week ago, I about put myself into a coma by trying to explain the impracticality of trying to recover data from a hard drive that had been physically destroyed.


Ok… it is possible… but in the “I’m going to win the Powerball Lottery” kind of way.

It all comes down to how the data on a hard drive is encoded. Each manufacturer encodes their hard drives differently.  Then, to allow for the most data to be stored on these hard drives, the manufacturers are increasing the “areal density” (how tightly the data is encoded) on the drives.

This equates to extremely complex coding unique to each manufacturer.

But isn’t there something that can read the data off a random discarded piece of a hard drive?

In theory… Yes.

There is a process called magnetic force microscopy (MFM) photography that can see the data in its encoded format.

So then all we have to do is decode it – Right?

Well, not so fast.

First, there is the problem of size. Each one of these pictures would have to be saved somewhere for later decoding. For a 20 gigabite hard drive, all these MFM “pictures” would take up approximately 16 terabytes.

Then, here’s the fun part, each picture would then have to “be analyzed by an expert to interpret each bit” of information. Just the idea of this puts the notion of hard drive data recovery in the realms of impossible.

But were not done.

Now we have to know how the hard drive was encoded so we can know how to decode it.

To decode the data it would be necessary to know the manufacturer of the hard drive and the model of the hard drive, in fact. Most likely, one would even need to know the version of the firmware that was used to write the data. Even this information is not enough to decode the data, as one would need access to the manufacturer’s proprietary information concerning how that particular firmware/model drive actually wrote the data to the disk surface.

Still not satisfied that the data on your hard drive is not secure after running it through a hard drive shredder?

So even if we had all the information needed to decode the data, any hard drive that has been physically altered (shredded) will have significant damage to portions of the disks platters that will make the data impossible to retrieve no matter what.

The only response at this point is that data recovery from a physically destroyed hard drive, especially one that is in pieces, is impossible.

So I guess I need to restate my earlier comment…

You probably MORE LIKELY to win the lottery than having the data from a shredded hard drive restored.

To read the full story as published in Storage & Destruction Business magazine, here’s the link:

“Does Size Really Matter?”

As always, if you have any questions about hard drive shredding or have other document destruction concerns, please feel free to give us a call:

(619) 295-5474

Also, I’d love to hear your feedback about this topic in the comments section below.

Until next time… Keep Totally Secure.

Your friend,

Head Shredding Guy

P.S. I always knew that data recovery from a shredded hard drive was virtually impossible. But that paragraph in quotes above really eliminates the “virtually” part – Don’t ya think?

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Free X-Ray Recycling

Posted on 01 April 2011 by Total Secure Shredding

Hey Folks,

I just wanted to do a shameless advertisement on this beautiful San Diego Friday…

Although it’s April 1st (April Fools Day), this is not a joke!

Total Secure Shredding has recently introduced

Free X-Ray Recycling

down at our secure shredding facility.

And not only will we professionally and properly dispose of all your old X-Rays in the same effortless and convenient manner as we destroy your paper document (and Hard Drives), I’m also throwing in a special offer:

For every 5 pounds of X-Rays you bring in, we’ll shred a standard size file box of paper documents while you wait for absolutely FREE!

That’s a $6.95 value…

So not only are you getting rid of those X-Rays, you’re also scoring a Free Box of Shredding.

There’s no limit on the amount of X-Rays you can bring in or Free Boxes of Shredding you can receive.

The only thing I ask is that the X-Rays are separate from any paper documents, this includes any X-Ray sleeves.

Just as a reminder, here’s our Secure Shredding Facility Address and Hours of Operation:

3584 Hancock St
San Diego, CA 92110

Mon – Fri: 8am to 5pm
Sat: 10am to 1pm

All X-Rays are securely shipped to a recycling facility where they are melted down and completely destroyed in full accordance with HIPAA requirements.

The recycling process is greatly enhanced if the X-Rays are not shredded before recycling.

We can shred the X-Rays if necessary prior to recycling but I have found that the X-Rays themselves generally contain very little personal information but I’ll leave that up to you. The process is HIPAA compliant either way.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call: (619) 295-5474

So until next time…

Keep Totally Secure,

Head Shredding Guy
Total Secure Shredding, Inc.

P.S. I reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time so please do not delay.

P.S.S. If you have a whole lot of X-Rays to get rid of, please give me a call and perhaps I can work out a real sweet deal where we come out and pick everything up for you. If you have a lot of X-Rays, I’m willing to deal!

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Free Hard Drive Destruction: Part 1

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Free Hard Drive Destruction: Part 1

Posted on 02 November 2010 by Total Secure Shredding

Hard Drive Destruction

Making sure hard drives are properly disposed of and the information they contain rendered useless has become an issue of prime importance.

Recently, the Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced a settlement with Health Net, an insurance firm, over the hard drive that was lost last year.

This one lost hard drive has resulted in Health Net having to pay $250,000 to the State of Connecticut along with implementing new privacy-protection measures.

Included in the terms of the deal is two years of credit monitoring for affected parties, $1 million in ID Theft insurance and reimbursement of any security freeze costs. Health Net is also possible on the hook for $500,000 payable to the state should there be any resulting ID Fraud.

With the stakes so high, I’ve spent countless moments scouring the internet finding videos demonstrating FREE and EFFECTIVE methods for destroying hard drives…

In this video, you will see a few construction workers using a “Core Drill” to bore out the center of a hard drive.

I’m not sure how much a core drill or replacement blades cost but it can’t be too much if someone is willing to goof around and destroy a hard drive with one.

The end result seems to be perfectly adequate destruction of a hard drive…

It would also seem that this method works well if you wanted to violently remove a portion of your foot and that of a co-workers.

For the record, although the hard drive and information on the hard drive seems no longer viable, I do not recommend performing this technique on your own.

The safest method to prevent serious injury to yourself or other humans and to prevent serious damage to public or private property, would be to seek out a professional Hard Drive Destruction Company to destroy your no longer needed hard drives.

Until next time…

Keep Totally Secure,


P.S. Please don’t try what you see on this video. These guys, although a bit irresponsible, do seem to know how to use this equipment.

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