degaussing hard drives

Hello,


I wanted to know if there's a way of degaussing hard drives with some sort of government standard on doing this?  We basically have about 50 hard drives that we need to make sure the information is completely NOT recoverable on these drives.  We don't necessarily need to go the degause way, but more importantly just getting rid of the data with the highest standard possible.

On the same note, what's available as far as declining to have users connect USB drives?  both these questions on within a Windows world.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
You can sometimes arrange with the FBI to have your hard drives destroyed using their equipment.  There may be third parties in your area with the capability as well.  Just taking a sledgehammer to them is good enough for 99.999% of the people in the world.

You can set group policies to control removable media.  There's lots of info on the Internet, but you can start here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823732
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
I usually use DBan (http://www.dban.org/), but it's not "certified".

http://www.blancco.com/en/products/total-data-erasure/blancco-5/ is a product that can be use at enterprise level.

Here are it's certifications: http://www.blancco.com/en/benefits/most-certified-data-erasure/

HTH,
Dan
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aadihCommented:
The information at the following web site may be of help to you in understanding government requirements:

http://www.semshred.com/degauss_destroy_blog >
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
The sledgehammer option is the most cost effective - also the quickest and most fun!
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uppercut71412Author Commented:
Anything on the USB drive question?
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
"You can set group policies to control removable media.  There's lots of info on the Internet, but you can start here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823732
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
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aadihCommented:
One safe way: Disable all USB drives.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Getting superglue on the USB ports of hundreds of computers quickly loses appeal...
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