PC Magazine recently got sent a destroyed hard drive by eDR solutions to show off their hard drive crusher.
The hard drive crusher drills a hole through the spindle of the hard drive which according to eRD “creates ripples in the platters making it impossible to recover the data”.
This 19″ x 13.5″ x 12″ gadget runs off a standard AC outlet and can destroy 60 drives an hour with the actual crushing taking just 10 seconds.
The hard drive crusher costs $11,500 plus an extra $895 for a hand pump to use if the power is out. For that sort of money they seem to be targeting the military and embassies as customers.
I know how I destroy hard drives: I take them to the range and put about 20 7.65x51mm NATO rounds through them – it’s fun and I know the military can use the same solution and spend $10 on ammo instead of $11,500 on a crusher.