Hard drives are robust storage mediums. Nowadays, anyone can send a drive to a data recovery company to retrieve the vast majority of ‘deleted’ data. Furthermore many manufacturers are now engineering hard drives to include data retrieval processes.
To remove data from a hard drive to the point where the previous data is entirely unrecoverable, only by degaussing a hard drive will it be sufficient. Degaussers erase data by randomizing the magnetic charge of a hard drive using a powerful magnetic field. This field completely destroys any resemblance of previously recorded data.
Degaussing is a permanent method of data erasure, and the most widely recognized high-security method of disposal. You cannot use a hard drive after it’s been degaussed. This is because degaussing will also destroy the start-up program hard-coded into the hard drive, known as firmware. For more information, see our introduction to degaussers.
The NSA, DOD and the UK National Cyber Security Centre, NCSC (Formally CESG) only approve degausser equipment that can ensure total data erasure of highly sensitive, classified material. These degaussers are rigorously evaluated before they are able to meet government performance requirements.
Generally, degausser strength is rated by a magnetic property called “gauss” or “coercivity”. Our SDD Master triple pulse degausser is rated at 20,000 gauss – generating the strongest erasure field of any degausser on the market.
Any organization involved in managing critical, confidential information, such as financial, medical, military or legal information must take great care in how they deal with the erasure of such data. In many of these cases, the use of an approved degausser is highly recommended.
With over 30 years’ experience designing and manufacturing degaussers, VS Security Products has built a trusted reputation worldwide as the market leader for data destruction and erasure technology.
Our customers range from security agencies and defence organizations, to universities, hospitals and computer departments. We provide the widest range of data erasure machines available, all of which are manufactured, serviced and tested in our factory.
All VS Security Product’s degaussers and destroyers are sold with a back to base warranty of 1-3 years. See specific product page for details. Some of our products include an optional 5 year extended warranty.
We will always provide free lifetime technical support for our products via telephone and email, whether you opt for warranty or not..