[rescue] VS80 DLT tape drive question

stephen price sd_price at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 14 11:18:11 CST 2007

In the defense industry we did the same thing until a
few years ago when it was deemed that even that was
not enough for hard drives.  At least where I was we
had to physically destroy the drives.

Before that edict it was really neat to watch 20 or 30
hard drives become suspended in mid-air - before
flying to the opposite side of the bin - when they
turned the demagnitier on (ours had a see-thru side). 

ft worth tx

--- Earl Baugh <earl at baugh.org> wrote:

> Could be for security reasons.    When I was working
> in the Pentagon they
> had a HUGE device for erasing tapes, hard drives,
> etc.
> It was about 10 feet high, and looked like a big set
> of drawers with
> stainless steel fronts.   You went there with stuff,
> put it in a drawer and
> then went "safely into another room" (if they had
> enough to zap) to watch.
> (You sometimes had to go back later once they had
> enough of a full load).
> When the degaussing field kicked on you could hear
> the hard drives banging
> from the front to the back of the drawers as the
> field literally slid them
> around the drawers.   Very cool, and somewhat
> scary...
> Earl

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