By Andrew Liszewski
Whenever I replace a hard drive I usually dismantle the discarded drive for security reasons, and because you can never have too many really strong magnets kicking around. Other slightly easier methods for wiping the data off a hard drive include degaussing machines or software solutions that write over the original data until it’s unreadable. But both of those can take a long time, particularly when compared to what the Hard Disk Crusher can do in just 10 seconds. It basically ‘drills’ through the hard drive’s spindles which physically creates ripples in the platters making it impossible to recover any data.
The site claims the Crusher can destroy over 60 disks an hour (at 10 seconds per crush that doesn’t seem to add up) but they also mention that they’ve had customers destroy over 800 drives in a single day. It runs off a standard 110V outlet but there’s also an emergency hand-pump accessory that allows you to use the Hard Disk Crusher without an electrical power source. About 15 pumps creates enough power to destroy a single drive. Not surprisingly the Hard Disk Crusher has a price tag of $11,500 which includes a one-year warranty. Extending that warranty will cost you $995 per year (yikes!) and the aforementioned emergency hand-pump option is another $895.