Compiled below are a few of the most common questions we receive regarding degaussers and hard drive destruction. We hope you find this information useful and reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
WHAT KINDS OF COMPANIES SHOULD USE A DEGAUSSER?
There are very few electronic items that have as high of a liability for owners than hard drive disks. Whether your drives hold customer information, medical information, credit card transactions, or top secret files, one single hard drive can mean hours of headaches and thousands of dollars in fines if not disposed of correctly. It's important for every business who deals with sensitive information to purchase a hard drive degausser.
WHY ISN'T SHREDDING A SATISFACTORY METHOD FOR DESTROYING MY HARD DRIVES?
Simply put, physical destruction of a hard drive does not equal removal of information. It also doesn't even make the drive unusable. Even if a hard drive has been shredded, the information is still there. Information can be extracted through the small hard drive shreds by just about anyone.
Hiring a private shredding service is just as risky. Your hard drives should never leave your workplace and they especially should not be trusted in the hands of unknown people. If you are considering outsourcing your shredding needs, consider your information already stolen.
Even though we don't recommend hard drive shredders on their own, they do pair perfectly with degaussers for an extra layer of protection. Degauss then shred for the highest level of security.
CAN I DEGAUSS MY SOLID STATE DRIVES?
Degaussers work by using memory chips to store information, as opposed to the spindle and platter that electromechanical hard drive disks use. Since SSDs don't store information magnetically, degaussing is proven to be ineffective at removing data. You would be better off using a drive destroyer or shredder for SSDs.
IS USING A DEGAUSSER SAFE?
There are currently no health concerns recognizes by the World Health Organization (WHO) that concern the use of degaussing equipment. Precautionary measures should be taken when storing equipment. Don't store computers, cell phones, credit cards, or any magnetic device near an operating degausser. Always keep these items away from wand degaussers. If you have any medical implants, please consult with your doctor.
why do you have to plug in some degaussers and not others?
The difference between the two types of degaussers are that some are electric and some are magnetic. The magnetic degaussers are more commonly referred to as wand degaussers. These work without the need for electrical accommodations. Electric degaussers work by producing bi-directional field that provides positive and negative Gauss to the drive to ensure full erasure.
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