Magnetic Degaussing

Magnetic Degaussing

Removing and neutralizing the magnetic field

magnetic degaussing

What is Magnetic 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


A degaussed tape or hard drive, is completely void of any data, and degaussing renders almost all types of modern storage media completely unusable in the future.


You can be 100% certain, that any storage device run through a degausser of sufficient field strength, has been completely eliminate of al viruses and/or corrupt data


If you are bound by government or organizational regulations to destroy your storage media, degaussing is the cleanest and most versatile way to accomplish this.


Restore many types of media back to their original condition and improve recording performance

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 chose 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.