Wouldn’t you prefer a nice game of chess?

How does a degaussing tool function?

A) Emits a powerful electromagnetic field

B) Melts solder from electrical connectors

C) Writes alternating ones and zeros across the same area of the disk

D) Removes all file references from the the file allocation table

E) Shall we play a game?

The answer: A) Emits a powerful electromagnetic field

A degaussing tool allows for the disposal of sensitive data by completely obliterating magnetic storage devices by emitting a powerful electromagnetic field. This effectively deleting everything on the storage device, rendering the data unrecoverable.

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If you’re planning to throw away an old hard drive, you’ll want to be sure that your sensitive data doesn’t end up in the hands of someone else. In this video, you’ll learn about options that are available to protect your data when you dispose of storage devices.