By Andrew Liszewski
This Manual Hard Drive Destroyer kind of reminds me of those hand-cranked quarter stamping machines you see all over touristy towns like Las Vegas. But this contraption doesn’t leave your hard drives imprinted with an image of the Luxor. Oh no. Once you’ve inserted your drive, using one of the drive height adapters as needed, you simply turn the handle 8 full rotations and the hard drive will be bent in half ‘approximately’ 90 degrees. And that mangling will pretty much guarantee the platters won’t be able to spin any more, preventing unwanted users from accessing its data.
Now I’m not 100% sure if the data is completely destroyed via this method, as there has to be some government agency with the ability to read even a bent drive, but in a pinch it could at least buy you some time before an incriminating file is recovered.