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tr.v. de·gaussed, de·gauss·ing, de·gauss·es
1. To neutralize the magnetic field of (a ship, for example).
2. To erase information from (a magnetic disk or other storage device).

[de- + gauss.]

de·gauss′er n.


(General Physics) a device that degausses
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Tenders are invited for Data Degausser, Magnetic / Electronic Storage Media Destroyer
Harding reveals that GCHQ also provided its own machine known as a degausser, able to "destroy magnetic fields, thereby erasing hard drives and data".
The degausser must have a high enough coercivity rating (magnetic power) to overcome the drive's magnetic field and completely erase its stored information.
A degausser is used to permanently erase data from computer hard drives, making them unusable and ready for secure disposal by banks, hospitals and other organizations that need to protect confidential records.
Certified data wiping software such as Ontrack[R] Eraser, which overwrites all the data on the hard drive, or a degausser that wipes the data using a strong magnetic force rendering the device no longer usable, are the two safest methods to ensure private data is wiped and does not fall into the wrong hands.
It satisfies National Security Agency requirements for physical destruction of drives after they have been degaussed by an NSA-listed degausser.
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The Mag EraSURE ME-P3M degausser from Security Engineered Machinery of Westboro, Massachusetts, completely and permanently removes confidential in formation from hard drives and other magnetic media.
Subject inoperable hard drives to a certified degausser, which demagnetizes the hard drive and renders all of the data unrecoverable.
However, many secure destruction companies are finding that locating the degausser at a shredding plant can allow them to handle a larger volume of electronic material more quickly than a smaller piece of equipment located on a mobile unit is capable of handling.
Sanitizing mechanical disks and magnetic tapes requires a degausser (demagnetizer) or disintegrating, incinerating, pulverizing, shredding or smelting.
A hand-held screen degausser should also be available to ensure long-term color purity.