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The 105 Hard Drive Destruction: Models Explained

By Angela Altomare March 26, 2019

Hard Drives


ew from Whitaker Brothers in 2011 is a set of hard drive solutions. Unfortunately hard drive destruction is a relative mystery to just about everyone outside of the security industry! So here is a brief explanation of the various model 105 Hard Drive solutions that Whitaker Brothers offers: Datastroyer 105 Hard Drive Degausser: This product meets or exceeds NSA requirements for degaussing a hard drive with sensitive information on it. You are required to use an NSA approved degausser for any classified, secret, or top secret hard drives. The NSA approval is the most important part of this unit, since it preforms a similar function as the next product on the line. If you are not the government, or doing government contracting, then this product would be overkill for you. But it will most certainly render a hard drive forensically irrecoverable. Datastroyer 105 Hard Drive Drawer Degausser: This unit fits into an interesting category. It is NOT approved by the NSA for high security degaussing. Does that mean it's not effective? Absolutely not! The NSA's requirements are extraordinarily stringent. The 105 Hard Drive Drawer Degausser was designed for businesses who want to securely eliminate data on their hard drives. This category includes law offices, schools, and any companies with an IT department. It will render a hard drive useless and the data on it completely destroyed. Not destroyed to NSA requirements, but trust us, you won't be getting any data off of it. Datastroyer 105 Hard Drive Shredder: The National Security Agency only requires that you degauss a hard drive. However it strongly recommends that you also have a solution for physical destruction as well. The model 105 Hard Drive Shredder comes as a single stage, or dual stage product. The residue for the first stage resembles strips of metal, while the dual stage residue is considerably smaller. For people who do NOT have to satisfy NSA requirements, simply shredding the hard drive is easily sufficient for protecting your data. Datastroyer 105 Hard Drive Disintegrator: This system is an older method of hard drive destruction. Rotating blades found within a disintegrator bludgeon the hard drive until it's small enough to fall through a screen. The advantage to this destruction method is that you can change the residue at any time based on the sensitivity of what you're shredding. Just like the Hard Drive Shredder, this doesn't satisfy any NSA requirement, however it does satisfy their recommendation to physically destroy hard drives. Datastroyer 105 Hard Drive Punch: How secretive and valuable is your data? Unless you work for a Fortune 500 company, or do government contracting, the model 105 Hard Drive punch is plenty sufficient for your needs. It shoots a rod through the platter of your hard drive, resulting in what looks like a bullet hole. In addition to the hole created, the platter of the hard drive is deflected (warped). There are very, very few organizations capable of recovering data from a hard drive that's been damaged like this. The Datastroyer 105 Hard Drive Punch is an econimical method of providing hard drive security to your business.

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