For those of you considering to donate USB flash drives to our cause, you may ask yourself how is the recycled USB drive handled before going out to SugarLabs?
Below is a picture of some drives being digitally cleaned and erased before going out the door. We use Nexcopy duplicator equipment and with this gear, there is a D.o.D. erase function [Department of Defense grade function]. The USB erase function writes random ones-and-zeros to the entire memory space. So anything on the drive, whether it be inappropriate data, personal data or even virsus’ the erase function wipes them out.
Once the drive is completely written over with random binary data, we use a format function in the duplicator equipment and format the drives as FAT32. Not all drives will pass the erase function or the format function and those drives are taken out of the recycle process.
We have used the above procedure for years and very confident in the process and outcome. To donate your USB flash drives, you may visit our USB donation page to get the three step process.
For all of you who have donated, thank you! Please remember, if you include a note with your donated flash drives with a website link or blog address, we will be happy to post that link in this news room section of our site.
The month of July we received many donated drives. Here is a quick post to those who sent drives in and included their information on the envleop. Remember, if you want a mention or link back to your website, please include that information with your shipment.
Those who sent in, include:
Nadine Lai – Edmonton, Canada
Bennett – Raleigh, NC
James – UK
David Waro – Madison, WI
A. Harris – Forest Grove, OR
K. Saca – Alamo, CA
Mark Hank – Burnsville, MN
Unknown – Boston, MA
Remember, whatever you send in, we will use a Nexcopy USB duplicator to erase all the content on the drive. This process is done so that no data could be recovered or found on the drive after we give it away to SugarLabs.org
Thank you for the recent donation of 185 of 2GB flash drives! They will be put to good use. Per our website, if you donate drives and include information about your organization, we will re-post it.
For those of you who are viewing the website, please read the following:
I am part of Columbia Bank’s Professional Banking team in Portland Oregon. My department had acquired about 185 UB drives that we were no longer able to use. I did a quick internet search to see what I could do with them and was thrilled to find your website and learn about the great things you guys are doing around the world – both for youth education and the environment. One of the things I love most about Columbia Bank is how much we care about the community. Just last year, Columbia Bank put together 10,000 financial literacy kits for our local schools. The following is an excerpt from the Columbia Bank’s Engagement Philosophy:
Columbia Bank’s people are the center of our community engagement programs. Our people understand the needs of their communities and are passionate about improving them. By supporting their efforts, we amplify what they can accomplish on their own and extend our impact exponentially. We draw attention to the issues that matter to our people and act as an accelerant for the positive change they wish to create.
At Columbia Bank, we demonstrate this commitment through our comprehensive approach to community engagement, empowering employees to address the unique needs of their communities through four distinct pillars: fundraising, employee giving, volunteerism and company giving. Providing support through these employee-driven pillars allows us to have the greatest impact in the communities we serve. Because of these efforts, we are deeply woven into the fabric of our communities.
Thank you Forward Healthcare for sending in a box of recycled USB drives. We will erase the drive, format them, and send them off to SugarLabs.org for use.
About Forward Healthcare:
Forward Healthcare Solutions, LLC. is a consulting firm that specializes in working with physician practices. President and owner Thomas Ludwig, RN, FACMPE, has over 40 years of experience in healthcare with expertise in process improvement and workflow efficiency, advanced access, and clinical quality improvement.
The following individuals have sent flash drives to RecycleUSB. We thank you for the support. As our website says, if you want to include a note about your company or a bio about yourself, we are happy to publish this information in our News Room. With that said, here is a quick “shout out” to the following donators for last week: