Magnetic Media Degaussing
dE-‘gaus : to remove or neutralize the magnetic field of
What is Degaussing?
Degaussing is the process of removing the signal(data) from magnetic media, by imposing a strong magnetic field onto the media, which completely neutralizes the existing signal, leaving only a small, uniform background signal.
Degaussing is a process that reverses the polarity of the magnetic particles. This process erases data and servo tracks, in the event the tapes being erased use servo track technology. Media products such as 3480, 3490e, DLT, SDLT can be degaussed and the media reused. However, 3590, LTO, 9840 and 9940 cartridges cannot be degaussed without destroying the servo track(s). For these media types Recertification requires data destruction using modern methods which do not destroy the servo tracks.
Benefits of Deguassing
Is My Data Safe?
All data is destroyed using cartridge and drive manufacturer approved processes prior to ever being read or written to. This insures the security and confidentiality of the data. Data Destruction Certificates and Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure Agreements are available at no charge. We guarantee the security and confidentiality of your data. We handle tens of thousands of pieces of media each month.
You can rest assured, knowing that your data has been professionally destroyed, and that the component materials will be disposed of in a responsible manner.
Conforming to Laws and Regulations
Degaussing magnetic media (specifically magnetic tape media) is the approved method of data destruction. Re-formatting your tapes is not good enough. By eradicating any and all data through deguassing, industry and federal regualtions regarding data destreuction are adhered to.
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Sarnanes-Oxley Act (corporate reporting and auditing practices)
- Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (Financial Services Modernization Act)
- USA Patriot Act (Bank Security Act)
- Homeland Security Information Sharing Act (Federal agencies security information)
- Other regulatory agencies concerned with Data Destruction (FDA,SEC,Utility Commission, etc.)
Why do most companies not degauss their own media?
Simple…MONEY! Most companies do not want the added cost of expensive equipment and additional labor costs to degauss their own media. By handling thousands of pieces each month, we are able to provide an easy and economical way for companies to reduce costs and increase their backup performance. Let us handle the degaussing process so you can sit back and relax.