In order to comply with various European and U.S. information security laws and regulations, all data now requires proper, ethical decommissioning. After being crushed by the Hard Disk Crusher, the data can never be recovered.
The small, durable and easily transportable HDC-V can crush over 60 disks an hour. It drills through the hard disk’s spindles and physically creates ripples in the platters making it impossible to recover the data. The HDC-V can destroy a disk and the data on it in just seconds without the need of a peripheral PC or workstation. The destruction chamber is made of case hardened steel. Its unique safety features ensure that the crushing device will not operate unless the safety door is shut.
It is much simpler and faster to use the Hard Disk Crusher than it is to reformat a disk or use a degausser, and it has been proven that degaussers don’t always work. New disks have such strong shielding that the magnetic oersteds (Oe) used to destroy the data can only achieve a high enough field intensity to destroy the read-write arm. Therefore, it’s often possible to remove the platters, put them in new disk housing with a new read-write arm, and read the data that you thought you had destroyed. Unfortunately, due to new disk shielding technologies, degaussers have become unreliable.
The machine, manufactured by eDR Solutions LLC, is currently used widely in USA, New Zealand and Australia by private and public companies, federal and government agencies, defence installations, universities, financial institutions, asset retirement companies, and non-profit organizations among others.
Here’s a demo of how the Hard Disk Crusher works: