On the other hand, a physical degausser can destroy both SSDs and HDDs, but not tapes.
The matrix below shows what type of media each device (degausser, physical destroyer and rewriting data wiper) can sanitize
|Hard Disk Drives- All kinds
( 2.5", 3.5", SATA, SAS)
Tapes - All Kinds
|Solid State Media
( Flash Drives, SSD)
|Degausser||Can Sanitize*||Can Sanitize *||-|
|Physical Destroyer||Can Sanitize *||-||Can Sanitize *|
|Can Sanitize #||Can Sanitize #|
* After degausser, the media becomes unusable. You cannot reuse the media.
# The rewriter needs the media in a working condition. How it works is that you connect the media to the rewriter and it writes a few passes of random data. The media can be reused after such a cleanup.