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.