Which of these would best describe the effect a degausser would have on a hard drive?
A) Remove all encrypted files
B) Delete all data and render the drive unusable
C) Delete all duplicate files
D) Delete all data and prepare the drive for a fresh OS install
E) Delete data in unused drive sectors
F) My hard drive could use a lot of cleaning
The answer: B) Delete all data and render the drive unusable
Degaussing a hard drive deletes both the data and the underlying code required to operate the drive. A degaussed hard drive would be completely unusable afterwards.
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