[Faccus] [Sec-wg] Hard drive degausser

Scott Nicoll scott at uwaterloo.ca
Mon Jan 30 11:10:15 EST 2012


A few years ago a contractor carrying an acetylene cylinder took out an NMR
magnet in just this fashion. After an injection of $600K for a new magnet,
and the passage of three years, everything was back to normal. I am not
sure if all data on the acetylene cylinder was erased but I think so...

--Scott



On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM, Colin Bell <colin.bell at uwaterloo.ca>wrote:

> Oh right,
>
> F=ma
>
> Scratch that… I'm sure having hard drives accelerating at the speed of a
> electro-magnetic field powering up probably goes against Safety Office
> rules.  ;-)
>
> .cpb
> --
> Colin Bell, Systems Integration Specialist, IST
> Information Security Services, University of Waterloo
> +1-519-888-4567 x31245 / colin.bell at uwaterloo.ca
>
> On 2012-01-30, at 10:56 AM, Jeff Voskamp wrote:
> > 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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-- 
W. Scott Nicoll
Manager, Space Planning
University of Waterloo
519 888 4631
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