How to Use a Hard Drive Degausser: A Step-by-Step Guide from Media Duplication Systems

How to Use a Hard Drive Degausser: A Step-by-Step Guide from Media Duplication Systems

Posted by Media Duplication Systems on 2024 Jul 3rd

Understanding Hard Drive Degaussing

Hard drive degaussing is the process of erasing data by disrupting the magnetic fields on the drive. This method ensures that the data cannot be recovered, making it ideal for secure data destruction.

Preparing for Degaussing

Before using a hard drive degausser, ensure you have the appropriate model from Media Duplication Systems. Gather the hard drives you intend to degauss and check the device’s specifications (physical and logical size) to confirm compatibility.

Step-by-Step Degaussing Process

Step 1: Power On the Degausser.

Connect the degausser to a power source and turn it on. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper setup. Some degaussers (i.e. SD-1) do not require powering in as they use Earth Magnet and no electricity is required.

Step 2: Insert the Hard Drive

Place the hard drive into the degausser’s designated slot or chamber. Ensure it is correctly positioned to maximize the degaussing effect.

Step 3: Initiate the Degaussing Process

Activate the degaussing cycle by pressing the appropriate button or lever. The degausser will generate a powerful magnetic field to erase the data on the hard drive.

Step 4: Remove and Verify

Once the cycle is complete, remove the hard drive. Verify that the data has been erased by attempting to access it or using data recovery software. For complete assurance, repeat the degaussing process if necessary.

Safety Precautions

  • Follow Instructions: Always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure safe and effective operation.
  • Avoid Magnetic Fields: Keep the degausser away from other electronic devices to prevent unintended magnetic interference.
  • Use Protective Gear: If recommended, wear protective gear such as gloves or goggles to safeguard against any potential hazards.

Benefits of Using a Hard Drive Degausser

  • Complete Data Erasure: Ensures data is irretrievable, providing maximum security.
  • Quick and Efficient: Degaussing is faster than physical destruction methods.
  • Cost-Effective: Reusable for multiple drives, making it a cost-efficient solution for data destruction.


Using a hard drive degausser from Media Duplication Systems is a reliable and efficient way to ensure complete data destruction. By following these steps, you can effectively degauss your hard drives, safeguarding sensitive information from unauthorized access.