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Secure Disposal arrow Security Approved Hard Drive Degausser & Tape Eraser (SV91M)

Security Approved Hard Drive Degausser & Tape Eraser (SV91M)

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If you require to erase a range of magnetic media including high density metal tapes and cassettes then the Verity Systems SV91M tape eraser is up to the job. The SV91M is quick too, taking as little as ten seconds to completely erase a cassette.

It is simple to use and its compact table top operation provides a thoroughly effective and low cost means to degauss Betacam SP, D2, Mll, DAT, 8mm and other high coercivity tapes. The SV91M degausser is a compact, low noise, manually operated tape eraser that sits neatly on a table top and has been designed very much with Security operations in mind as its powerful degaussing fields can erase even metal particle tape.

The SV91M degausser is ideal for the security conscious, low volume operator who wants to have a professional low budget solution to eliminate magnetic media security risks.

Key Features

  • High energy security degausser
  • Meets CESG specifications
  • Simple to operate
  • Compact, table top design
  • Handles most media formats
  • Up to 180 per hour throughput

Government Approved

The Verity SV91M security degausser is UK government approved to the CESG Degaussing Standard.
This new Standard, which replaces the SEAP 8500 Degaussing Standard has two levels of degaussing:
  • Lower Level - for RESTRICTED and below
  • Higher Level - for CONFIDENTIAL and above

Currently the SV91M is approved at the Lower Level. This means any magnetic media (holding RESTRICTED or less) may be regarded as NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED after being degaussed.

The SV91M degausser is subject to S(E)N 06/09. which requires all the SEAP-approved degaussers to be retested against the new CESG Degaussing Standard (at the Higher Level). At this time, the testing standard is not yet available.

The SV91M may still be used to degauss magnetic media at CONFIDENTIAL and above, but the degaussed media is subject to additional handling requirements (detailed in S(E)N 06/09).

The Importance of Data Security

The vulnerability of information stored on hard drives has always been recognized as a security risk. Think of all the information that could be on the PC’s hard drive: financial information, sales reports, client and personnel files and sensitive market and product information, in fact information that could be a security risk or commercially damaging if it got in to the wrong hands.

It is simply not enough to delete, reformat or overwrite sensitive information and as a result, a number of standards have been adopted by governments and organisations throughout the world for the effective disposal of hard drives.

NATO Approval

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has approved the SV91 for security applications. The NATO stock numbers are as follows:

  • 5836-99-591-3345 (50Hz)
  • 5836-99-500-5299 (60Hz)

Regulatory Compliance

Strict industry standards & government regulations are in place, that force organizations to mitigate the risk of unauthorized exposure of confidential corporate & government data. These regulations include HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act); FACTA (The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003); GLB (Gramm-Leach Bliley); Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOx); and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).

They recommend that hard drives are sanitized (erased) with a degausser prior to the physical destruction of the hard drive itself. It is this standard that all government agencies must adhere to and is now recognized by most organizations as the most effective and fool-proof way of disposing of hard drives effectively and securely.

Security of data is also a legal requirement under the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998, ensuring the complete removal of all data from redundant equipment is essential to maintain the security and integrity of data. In addition, many standards insist that the process of data destruction is fully traceable. Using a degausser to sanitize media provides a fully auditable procedure.


Media Handling: Hard Drives: 3½” and 5¼” PC
DLT Tapes: Super DLT I, II & III, DLT IV -VSL,
S-DLT, LT01, LT02, LT03, LT04; LTO5, 9840; 9940
Other media erased:
½” Computer Tape; Diskettes – single/boxed;
DC 600, 2000; TK50, 70, 85,
3480/3490E/3590/3590E; 4mm; 8mm; Exabyte;
Travan; DLT; DAT; ZIP Disk; Ultrium
Power Supply: 220 ~ 240v 50Hz / 110 ~ 115v 60Hz
Current Rating: 9 amps typical (50Hz) / 12 amps typical (60Hz)
Degaussing Force: 5100 peak gauss
Erasure Depth: -75db on 1500 Oe tape
Duty Cycle: Non-continuous
Dimensions (WxHxD):
(with lid shut)
16.5” x 6” x 19”
420mm x 150mm x 480mm
Weight: 77lbs (35kg)
Throughput: 20 hard drives/DLT tapes per hour typical
40 VHS cassettes per hour typical
Controls: On/Off
Security Key
Indicators: On/Off Erase field
Coil power supply warning light
Warranty: 36 months back to base, all parts & labor included
60 month warranty option available

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