Data Wiping

To prevent the inadvertent transfer of sensitive and/or personal data to unauthorized parties, the New York State Office of General Services (NYS-OGS) requires all surplus IT equipment to be cleansed of all data before disposing or repurposing.



It is expected that all data be erased from the hard drive (and any other media) in such a manner that it cannot be recovered.


When repurposing equipment (e.g. moving machines between personnel or departments), clean the machine of any university data before the swap.

How to Data Wipe Surplus Equipment

  1. To completely and permanently erase a hard drive, use programs such as Symantec GDisk or freeware programs such as Eraser.

Or create a ticket for assistance.

  1. Complete the NYS-OGS form (found under Related Links) for any surplus equipment stating that data wiping has been completed. 

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