[Faccus] [Sec-wg] Hard drive degausser

Jeff Voskamp javoskamp at uwaterloo.ca
Mon Jan 30 10:56:08 EST 2012


On 01/30/2012 10:50 AM, Colin Bell wrote:
> Carlos,
>
> You might not find an HD specific degausser on campus.  As a substitute, you might reach out to the physicists and chemists at the Institute for Quantum Computing or any NMR labs on campus.  They have HUGE electromagnets in their labs that can disrupt pacemakers and wipe credit cards @ 5ft.  I bet some time a few centimetres from the electromagnets could do some damage to the data.
>
> http://iqc.uwaterloo.ca/institute/about-the-institute/images/bq010731.036933.capture-copy.jpg
>
> See that big grey canister in the background? That'll probably do some damage to the data on your devices.
>
> Cheers,
> .cpb

If you're not careful you could do some real damage to the 
electromagnets. Just how fast would a drive hit the magnets once it gets 
ripped from your hands?

Jeff


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