We know that operating a degausser can be confusing and maybe even a little nerve-racking. Follow our guides here to ensure you are operating your degausser in the safest and most effective way.
HOW TO DEGAUSS A HARD DRIVE USING A MAGNETIC WAND DEGAUSSER:
Wand degaussers are the perfect solution if you have low to medium sized volumes of hard drives to degauss. Small yet powerful, wand degaussers are handheld erasing devices that produce a continuous 4-pole magnetic field to safely and effectively erase your data. Check out the Datastroyer 102-DG Disk Erasing Wand here for an NSA certified wand degaussing option.
First, take the hard drive that you would like to degauss and remove the screws to expose the hard drive platter and spindle. This platter is where all of the information on the drive is stored magnetically.
Remove this platter from the hard drive casing.
To begin degaussing, wrap the platter in a clean cotton cloth. This precautionary measurement will help prevent your degaussing wand from getting scratched up.
Take the wand degausser out of it's case and run it over the wrapped hard drive platter. Make sure you massage it over every inch of the platter.
Once you are finished with one side, flip the platter over, and repeat the massaging movement on the opposite side of the drive, making sure to rub every inch of the platter with the wand.
HOW TO DEGAUSS A HARD DRIVE USING AN ELECTRIC DEGAUSSER:
If you have a load larger then what a wand degausser can handle, you might want to take a look into purchasing an electric degausser. Built for speed and efficiency, the electric style deguassers blast your hard drive with a certain number of gauss, without having to remove the hard drive platter from the casing.
Operation is extremely simple with electric hard drive degaussers. First plug in your machine and turn it on. With most machines, you will be able to tell that the drive is plugged in and is ready for operation when the light turns green
Insert your hard drive into the slot, depending on what type of degausser you have. For a drawer style degausser, open up the drawer and place the hard drive inside. For other degaussers, drop the drive into the slit on the top of the machine. For most degaussers, it does not matter which side faces up or towards you.
If necessary, close the drawer or slot. Press the "Run" or, "Degauss" button and let the degausser run through the whole cycle. Cycle time, depending on the machine, can take anywhere between 5 and 60 seconds per hard drive.
If you are using a drop degausser, the degaussed hard drive will drop into the slot below, and it can be immediately disposed of. If you are using a drawer style degausser, open the drawer and remove the drive. You can now dispose of the drive as warranted.