Degaussing is the process of reducing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field (or data) stored on tape and disk media such as computer and laptop hard drives, diskettes, reels, cassettes and cartridge tapes. When exposed to the powerful magnetic field of a degausser, the magnetic data on a tape or hard disk is neutralized, or erased. Degaussing is the guaranteed form of hard drive erasure, as such; it serves as the standard method of data destruction. Using the right degausser will guarantee that your information is no longer retrievable.
Your computer disposal isn’t complete with simple e-waste recycling. To protect your company, customers and employees, you need to ensure that there is complete data hard drive destruction. That means you should consider degaussing every drive that’s contained or accessed your company data.
Degaussing is the process of totally erasing data by reducing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field (information) stored on tape and disk media. A degausser is a machine that changes the magnetic domain (where the data is stored) of magnetic data storage devices.
When the degausser is applied to magnetic domains the information is scrambled into random patterns, making the data stored in the magnetic domain unreadable. The correct use of a the appropriate degausser will ensure that information is no longer retrievable.
While degaussers were traditionally used for hard drive destruction, we can now achieve more. Securis is able to offer a complete, certified data destruction of high-coercivity tape such as DLT, SDLT, 3480’s and AIT.
Hard drives that don’t work still contain their information and might put your company at risk if they are not degaussed before disposal.arrow_forward
Degaussing is the first step in full computer disposal and e-waste recycling. At Securis, we follow up degaussing with hard drive shredding to destroy it properly and then No Landfill recycling to improve your carbon footprint.
Degaussing removes data by rearranging the magnetic field on electronic media to completely erase it. Hard drives and other electronic storage devices such as computer tapes store data within magnetic fields. Such storage mediums contain layers of magnetic material.