Data Erasure Hardware

Degaussers for Complete Data Destruction

Ensure total data erasure from hard drives and other magnetic media with degaussers.Degaussing provides you with peace of mind knowing your sensitive information has been completely and securely destroyed.

Degaussers Offer Secure End-of-Life Data Management

Developed as a total data destruction solution, the Intimus Degausser is a secure hardware solution for large volumes of damaged or end-of-life magnetic media.

Gain peace of mind that your sensitive data has been completely destroyed.


Benefits of Using a Degausser for Data Destruction

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Destroy 100% of data with a powerful gauss magnetic field.
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Each storage device takes only seconds to process.
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Completely destroys all magnetic devices, even if they are damaged.

Intimus 40000 S Degausser

The Intimus 40000 S Degausser is the ultimate in data destruction power. It completely erases all data from hard drives and magnetic tapes in only 28 seconds. A scanning system and software are included to create an audit-worthy media destruction report as you degauss.


  • Integrated magnetic field monitoring during each cycle for guaranteed safe data erasure
  • Throughput (HDDs/h): up to 480 (1.8 inch), up to 360 (2.5 inch), up to 60 (3.5 inch)
  • Minimum erasure field strength of 30,000 gauss, peaking at 40,000+ gauss

Intimus 20000 S Degausser

The Intimus 20000 S Degausser completely erases all data from any hard disk or magnetic tape at 20,000 gauss in under 15 seconds. Additionally, it comes with the Auditor-Pro system to create an audit-worthy media destruction report as you degauss.


  • Barcode scanner, touchscreen, stylus, and camera included
  • Throughput (HDD/h): up to 1,300 (1.8 inch), up to 875 (2.5 inch), up to 150 (3.5 inch)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is data destruction?

Erasure software is used before the drives are transported to equipment for physical destruction to eliminate the possibility of data being intercepted during transport. Physical destruction on hard disk drives can be done with a degausser that uses a powerful magnetic field, which erases not only the data but removes the servo tracks, making the media unusable. The most permanent and final destruction solution involves the use of granulators, also known as shredders. These machines rip, tear, or smash a hard drive or SSD into pieces so small that data cannot be recovered from the media or memory chips.

What is the goal of secure data destruction?

The main objective of secure data destruction is to make it impossible to recover data from a data storage device that is no longer in use by an individual or organization. Destroying this data reduces the risks of identity theft, financial theft, reputational harm, or corporate espionage.

Are data destruction and data sanitization the same thing?

The terms data destruction and data sanitization are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Data destruction is more of a general term used to describe the process of removing data from computer hard drives, mobile devices, tape, and other types of storage media. While that may sound like what you need—data destruction doesn't make the data permanently unrecoverable. When sensitive data has reached its end-of-life, data sanitization must be employed to intentionally and permanently destroy it by overwriting (wiping), degaussing, and shredding the media, which includes verification and certification.

Can you recover data from a shredded hard drive or SSD?

If best practices are followed during data destruction, there is no way to recover data from a shredded hard drive or SSD, especially if data erasure software or a degausser (HDD) was used before shredding. However, if a drive was not erased before shredding and the equipment was not set up to create small enough pieces, a full memory chip might be knocked off an SSD without being destroyed, which can be recovered by a data recovery expert like Ontrack. Improper setup of a shredder/granulator could also lead to an entire disk platter being left intact after a drive is run through shredder set up for a much larger enterprise drive, but such an occurrence would be highly unlikely.

Does data destruction remove windows?

Physical data destruction such as degaussing or shredding will make a hard disk drive or SSD inoperable so that none of the data, software, or other programs on the device will function. Erasure software can be used in such a manner that it erases only specific files, leaving Windows or other operating systems intact when an organization desires to repurpose the asset after wiping the data. The comprehensive approach to drive eraser software will remove all data and programs, including the operating system.

Experience That Matters

Ontrack has extensive experience with all types of data loss scenarios. Our goal is to provide our customers with peace of mind in the event of data loss due to hardware failure, human error, natural disasters or cyberattacks.



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