Thursday, January 17, 2013

Need To Physically Destroy a Hard Drive? Try HDD Terminator!

CES 2013 is well over now, yet the impacts it has made on certain industries are just about to get noticed.  As one of the 3,000 exhibitors, U-Reach is proud to be a contributor to an event of this overwhelming scale, not to mention the new hard drive destroyer which has been selected as one of the interesting finds by CNET during the show.

Made in Germany, this HDD Terminator HDT1 has attracted incredible attention since its debut in CES.  The idea is so simple that people understand its purpose the minute they set eyes on it—destroy a hard drive by punching through it a few holes so the drive won't be able to spin anymore and thus data become unrecoverable.  If you are not familiar with businesses in certain segments that are meticulous about data security, it will be hard to believe how much efforts have been spent on making sure no data can be retrieved once a hard drive is no longer in service.  We have certainly heard lots of stories about how people disposed of their hard drives, and none beats this one from a lady in a CPA office, “we would carry a truckload of hard drives to the desert, and blew them off with our shotguns.”

With 8,000 pounds of force exerted during a destruction cycle, it takes HDT1 approximately 5 seconds to destroy any hard drive up to 1.1 inches in thickness.  There is no software or electrical circuit involved, all it takes is solid metal and mechanics—well designed to deliver lethal punches while reducing maintenance efforts to the minimal. 

HDT1 is scheduled to ship in US in a month or two with a retail price set around $1,600.


1 comment:

  1. I would never think that such kind of device will be used. But this is the reality of these days, we need to destroy HDDs with an important data on them to avoid an unwanted data breach. With virtual data room solutions we use I think this operation will be necessary too.