Which of these would you need to deguass a hard drive?
A) An industrial shredder
B) The original Windows installation media
C) A large magnet
D) A drill
E) None of these
F) If you’re trying to destroy it, let me put something important on it that has no backup
The answer: C) A large magnet
A deguassing tools is designed to demagnetize all of the information on a magnetic media, such as a hard drive, tape drive, or solid state drive. This very strong magnetic field will destroy both data on disk and any data stored in electronics or ROMs. Degaussing a hard drive will render it unusable.
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