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How Your Company Can Benefit From Hard Drive Degaussing

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June 16, 2017
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When you hear the words data security, your first initial thought might be cyber protection. With more and more information being stored in the cloud, it is vital for companies to maintain proper security habits. While this includes changing passwords regularly, making sure firewalls are up and running, and more, it also includes data destruction for all old hard drives to keep old information from falling into the wrong hands. Simply deleting files from your computer does not completely erase the information as the data is still stored in the hard drive. There are multiple ways data destruction can take place.  

One way to keep your company safe is through using a hard drive degausser. Degaussing works in such a way that it disrupts or destroys the magnetic field where information is stored. Information that is stored on magnetic media is a popular way to store data and has been around since the 1920s. Tapes, cassettes, hard drives, and more all function thanks to magnetic media. Since the magnetic media has a magnetic property that helps to store all the information, when the magnetic feature is disrupted, the data stored on the device will no longer be able to be read. This process is known as degaussing. When your hard drive goes through the degaussing process, it stays in a controlled magnetic field. As the magnetic field is increased, it means that the information stored magnetically on the hard drive will be disrupted and erased.

Degaussing hard drives is an effective way to keep your data secure. It is important to note, however, that once a hard drive has gone through the degaussing process, the hard drive cannot be reused. Therefore, if you do not plan on reusing or donating old hard drives, then the degaussing process may be perfect for your company.

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