Degaussing is a demagnetising process to destroy data stored on hard drives and other magnetic media such as audio and backup tapes. If you want to protect your information, one option for complete removal of data is to degauss before you physically destroy or recycle the asset.
Did you know that reformatting hard drives doesn’t erase the data completely?
REFORMATTING VS. DEGAUSSING HARD DRIVES
You might be tempted to reformat your hard drive rather than degaussing or destroying it, however, this is not a secure method of data destruction. Even if it may appear to no longer contain data your device may still hold sensitive information which can be restored using simple software.
HOW DOES DEGUASSING WORK?
The data on the tape or hard drive is rendered unusable through magnetic waves exposing each drive or tape to 2 Tesla (20,000 Gauss) of erasing force for a minimum of 45 seconds.
The machinery Shred-X use meets requirements of the Australian Signals
Directorate and is also approved for use by the NSA (USA Government) and CESG (UK Government).
Degaussing can be used on a range of devices, including:
- Hard drives
- Floppy disks
- Audio reel-to-reel tapes
- VHS video cassettes
- Magnetic backup tapes.
WHEN YOU CAN’T DEGAUSS, DESTROY
Data stored on USBs and Solid State Drives (SSDs) can’t be erased through degaussing as these are not magnetic devices. To permanently delete information from these devices, you need to physically destroy them.
Data thieves have been known to target USBs and SSDs, so it’s important to dispose of them securely. If you have any old devices to be disposed of, our Digital Media Destruction service can take care of them for you. Always remember to check your IT asset end of life policy if you plan on destroying a company-owned device.
DEGAUSS AND DESTROY FOR COMPLETE SECURITY
Following the completion of the degaussing process, Shred-X is also able to provide physical destruction of your device. For further information: Hard Drive Destruction
Once the destruction process, whether by degaussing, destruction or both, Shred-X will provide a detailed Certificate of Destruction. The Shred-X Hard Drive Solution also includes the scanning of serial numbers and complete destruction reporting.
IS MY INFORMATION SECURE IF I RECYCLE THE DRIVE?
Shred-X has partnered with e-waste recyclers who understand and uphold our stringent security standards and who are e-Stewards and are certified sustainable electronic recyclers. Shred-X ensure the destroyed or degaussed assets are recycled in accordance with international environmental and ethical specifications.
Speak with a Shred-X team member today for more information on hard drive degaussing.
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