Fujitsu debuts hand-cranked degausser

Fujitsu has unveiled the P3M version of its Mag EraSure degausser, a hand-cranked device that the company says can permanently remove magnetically recorded data from hard disk drives, removable drives and backup tapes.

Manually operated, the P3M doesn't require a power source, so it can wipe out secure data even if the electricity has been cut, company representatives said. This makes it particularly suitable for the emergency destruction of data on hard disk drives, Fujitsu said.

The P3M version can be deployed on a rack mount or tabletop. It uses what the company calls 'earth magnet technology' to permanently degauss magnetically recorded information, and meets DOD requirements for degaussing magnetically recorded data.

The magnets don't generate heat, making the device available at all times, company officials added. And because it's tested to work at -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 149 degrees Fahrenheit, it can operate in almost any environment, Fujitsu said.

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