Hard Drive Destruction & Degaussing

Degaussing is the process of destroying 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 discard, physically destroy or recycle your digital equipment.

Along with physically destroying hard drives and tapes, degaussing is the only other guaranteed method of digital data destruction for magnetic devices, which is why Shred-X offers degaussing hard drives and other magnetic media as a core service.

Did you know that reformatting hard drives doesn’t erase the data completely?


You might be tempted to reformat your digital media device rather than throw it away. However, this is not a secure method of data destruction. Even if it looks as though it’s been wiped clean, your device may still hold sensitive information. Data can be restored from hard drives using simple software.

Degaussing hard drives is far more secure. The data is rendered unusable through magnetic waves by 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 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.


Please note that 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 ones lying around, our Media Destruction service can take care of them for you. Always remember to check your IT policy if you plan on destroying a company-owned device.


Following the completion of the degaussing process, Shred-X is also able to provide physical destruction of your devices. Once degaussing and/or physical destruction has taken place, Shred-X provides a detailed Certificate of Destruction. Scanning of serial numbers and complete destruction reporting is also available.


Yes. Shred-X has partnered with electronic and metal recyclers who understand and withhold our stringent data destruction processes and who are e-Stewards and are certified sustainable electronic recyclers. Before any equipment is recycled, it is subjected to our degaussing and/or physical destruction service. By doing so, we save your waste goods from ending up in landfill or being sold overseas while also ensuring your information is completely protected. Shred-X ensure the destroyed assets are recycled in accordance with international environmental and ethical specifications.

Speak with a Shred-X team member today for more information on degaussing. We can create a customised e-destruction service to suit your requirements.

For more information about our e-Waste destruction and recycling services,
don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 747 339 or contact us online.

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