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Secure data elimination using NSA level erasure technology from the world leader in data degaussers and destroyers.

The risk from old and defective storage devices

How is the data eliminated?

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Old and defective storage devices
- Is there a risk, really?

Companies go to great lengths to protect their data from network intrusions, hacking, viruses, and theft. However, many fail to protect against the disastrous consequences of data security breaches from stored, stockpiled, donated, resold, discarded, and recycled magnetic and solid-state media that they thought was deleted, erased or secured through overwriting or encryption technology.

This is an enormous, but often overlooked source of data leakage

Defective and retired data storage devices (hard disks, tapes, SSDs, pen drives), once removed from servers, storage systems, desktops, laptops etc. present a potent and potentially massive source of data leakage. Organizations can face severe penalties for data leakage of current or even old data.

To safeguard your company and ensure compliance with data protection laws, it is essential to securely and completely destroy unwanted data that may reside on retired storage devices.

Desktop erasure systems

HD-3WXLE Degausser with IRONCLAD Erasure Verification System

  • HD-3WXL degausser
  • Image capture system
  • Touch screen control head
  • IRONCLAD® erasure report software
  • Bar-code scanner and stand
  • Laptop hard drive carrier
  • Stylus
  • 10 second cycle

HD-2XE Degausser with IRONCLAD Erasure Verification System

  • HD-2XE degausser
  • JPG Image capture system
  • Touch screen control head
  • IRONCLAD® erasure report software
  • Bar-code scanner and stand
  • Stylus
  • 60 second cycle

HD-3WXL Demo video :

HD-2X Demo video :

Physical destruction systems

PD-5E Hard Disk & SSD destroyer

The high-speed, high-powered PD-5 is the fastest and lightest NSA/CSS EPL-listed hard drive destroyer on the market. The PD-5 meets evolving technology challenges by increasing the speed, amplifying the crushing power, and offering an optional SSD-1 solid-state destroyer that both perforates and waffles solid-state media, flash drives, USB thumb drives, and SSHD controller boards.


The FLASHPRO is a high-volume destroyer specifically designed to shred digital media in an office environment. The FlashPro destroys a wide variety of media including smartphones, mini-tablets (up to 170 mm in width), USB sticks, solid-state drives (SSD), and optical media.

PD-5 Demo video :

FLASHPRO Demo video :

Mobile destruction system

Two most important data-security policy requirements emerging from IT departments, healthcare facilities, government facilities, and data centers are:

  • Data erasure and destruction processes should be performed inside your business' secure facility to maintain chain-of-custody and prevent data breaches due to physical loss and/or theft of the media.

  • Data elimination and destruction must be accurately tracked, documented, and preserved to withstand security audits.

The Mobile Destruction Unit featuring IRONCLAD® erasure verification system. Simply roll the cart to the media, plug the cart into a standard wall outlet, and begin the data destruction process while automatically generating an IRONCLAD® proof-of-erasure report. Your business team will face any security audit with confidence.

Mobile destruction unit Demo video :

How is data eliminated from storage devices?


Data is stored in the magnetic media, such as hard drives and magnetic tape, by making very small areas called magnetic domains change their magnetic alignment to be in the direction of an applied magnetic field.

This phenomenon occurs in much the same way a compass needle points in the direction of the Earth's magnetic field. Degaussing, commonly called erasure, leaves the domains in random patterns with no preference to orientation, thereby rendering previous data unrecoverable.

There are some domains whose magnetic alignment is not randomized after degaussing. The information these domains represent is commonly called magnetic remanence or remanent magnetization.

A well designed degaussing system will ensure there is insufficient magnetic remanence to reconstruct the data.

Physical destruction

Unlike magnetic storage devices such as hard disk drives and tape, data on solid-state drives (SSD), USB sticks & "thumb" drives is stored electrically, and cannot be erased using a magnetic degausser.

Data on these devices can only be eliminated by inflicting sufficient physical damage to the device, that prevents any possibility of data recovery.

This is achieved by either puncturing the device at small physical intervals, thereby inflicting damage to each data cell (a typical solid state storage device consists of a collection of such cells logically aggregated as a single device), or by complete shredding of the device, ensuring irreversible data destruction.




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About Garner

Garner designs, manufactures, and sells equipment that delivers complete, permanent, and verifiable data elimination. Garner products ensure your data is unrecoverable. Founded more than 50 years ago, Garner serves government and business customers from every industry sector in countries around the world, providing time-tested solutions for permanent data security of working and nonworking hard drives, magnetic tape, and solid-state media through products that include:

- Independently tested and certified degaussing equipment that completely eliminates all data on magnetic tapes, hard drives, and even old floppy disks by altering the media’s magnetic properties
- NSA/CSS EPL-listed destruction equipment that bends, breaks and mangles hard drives deterring any attempt to recover data
- Patented solid-state destroyer with 90 spikes to puncture, perforate, and waffle media, demolishing the individual memory chips so data cannot be retrieved.

Garner offers equipment rental and data destruction services for small businesses, economical degaussers and destroyers for small- to mid-size companies, and NSA/CSS EPL-listed equipment that meets the data security requirements of multinational enterprises, government contractors and the United States government.

Garner has worked for more than half a century designing and improving its line of degaussers and destroyers. Garner's products have been tested and certified by independent labs to meet safety and electromagnetic emissions standards worldwide.

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