Comparing Data Erasure Methods: Degaussing vs. Formatting vs. Shredding
Secure data erasure is necessary for any organisation in today’s day and age due to the proliferation of costly and frequent data breaches as well as to remain compliant with data protection regulations such the GDPR.
The main data destruction methods most commonly used today by ITAD companies include hard drive degaussing, data formatting, and hard drive shredding. All three can achieve a similar goal, but each method has advantages and disadvantages.
Choosing the most appropriate data destruction method is therefore essential as there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every organisation. Indeed, the preferred data erasure method should consider factors such as environmental impact and data security needs.
The Power of Degaussing for Data Erasure
Hard drive degaussing is a process whereby hard disk drives (HDDs) and other magnetic media are passed through a device containing extremely powerful magnetic forces that ‘scramble’ and disrupt data held on the device. Degaussing is highly effective for irreversible data removal and can be an economical alternative to physical data destruction.