EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

This Machine Eats Computer Hard Drives

7/1/2009
By Robert H. Williams
Preventing the wrong people from acquiring discarded computer hard drives is not a problem if one has the Jackhammer Hard Drive Shredder that has just been developed by Security Engineered Machinery of Westboro, Mass.

The metal eating monster with a handy discharge conveyer is able to consume up to 20 hard drives a minute with no muss, no fuss and little noise.

The shredder, which relies on sawtooth, hooked cutters, slices electronic devices into disposable one-and-a half-inch strips. The Jackhammer is powered by a five horsepower high- torque motor that cannot be activated unless the operator has a special security key.

A company spokesman says that the machine has no problem digesting optical media, cell phones, memory sticks and other digital components.

Topics: Cybersecurity, Technical Information

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