The patent's inventors are Olliges, William (
This patent was filed on
From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The finding of discarded electronic storage media still containing data has recently made news. People believed the data had been deleted when a data storage device had been removed and discarded. Computers with information still in the memory have been sold or discarded. Some of these devices contained classified government information and some contained highly sensitive and valuable personal data. The high profile media coverage of some of these happenings and the potential liability and losses from such disclosures have made it more important than ever to provide extra security against such inadvertent loss of information. Now, rather than subject a memory media to erasure of information, there is a move to physically destroy memory media.
"While certain types of memory media may be easily destroyed, like flash memory, so called hard drives with rotating memory storage disks may require absolute destruction to help ensure that meaningful data cannot be extracted from the disks. One solution to this problem is to shred the hard drive, but such equipment is expensive, noisy and requires maintenance to ensure proper shredding. Further, such equipment is also not necessarily suited for use in many commercial environments like an office.
"Hard drives for personal computers and laptops tend to be of a size and shape that will fit in a bay of predetermined size. The present invention takes advantage of this to provide an apparatus to destroy a hard drive by electrical voltage and physical destruction and adapted for use in many environments, including offices, without the need for a skilled operator."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The invention involves the provision of an apparatus for destroying electronic memory media. The apparatus utilizes both compression by crushing plates, and the introduction of electrical current to the crushing plates resulting in mechanical and electrical destruction of the hard drive. The device includes a support assembly to carry a hard drive apparatus and tie other components together. A linearly movable member is coupled to a control system to selectively control movement of a hydraulic cylinder with a movable ram. A first insulated plate is mounted on the ram for movement toward a second plate carrying between 5 and 100 volts of AC or DC power. The plates have complimentary exposed surfaces facing generally toward one another. The plate carrying the voltage can be reversed and/or the plates can each carry voltage with alternating voltage impacts. The surface on the movable plate has a cavity defined by the base of protuberances, a second plate is carried by the support assembly and has an exposed second face facing generally toward the first face. The second plate has protuberances projecting therefrom that are sized and shaped to fit within a respective cavity formed in the first plate. A stripper mechanism is carried by the support assembly and is operably associated with the movable first plate such that when the first plate moves away from the second plate, the stripper mechanism has a portion that moves inwardly to engage a portion of a memory device carried by the first plate to effect its release from the first plate.
"An objective of the invention is to electrify a compression plate rendering magnetically stored information unretrieveable and unusable.
"An objective of the invention is to electrify either a first plate or a second plate, or both plates with alternating strikes of voltage timed toward each plate.
"Still another objective of the invention is provide a device with 187 interlocking razor sharp hardened steel teeth placed on facing plates that crush magnetic media with 20 tons of destructive forces to puncture, macerate, distort, and demagnetize the media; destroying all media including circuit boards and memory chips.
"What is needed in the art is a compression device that employs an electrical current causing both physical destruction and magnetic destruction of solid-state storage devices."
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