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Pretec creates self-destructing SSD

Pretec creates self-destructing SSD

The new military-themed SSDs from Pretec, likely based around its 'industrial' drives, can self-destruct in just 0.1 seconds.

Solid-state specialist Pretec has announced an SSD with a twist: a self-destruction feature.

As revealed over on I4U, the device - which is aimed at military use, but is likely to be purchased by paranoid civilian types - features a patented self-destruction feature that is capable of wiping the entire memory beyond recovery in less than one two-hundredth the time of a regular SSD.

Once the self-destruction instruction is sent to the drive - and you'd better be sure you really mean it - the contents of the SSD is completely wiped in around 0.1 seconds. Once erased, recovery is pretty much impossible - which should please military and spy types who have to take sensitive data to some pretty scary places.

When triggered, the ultra-fast erase cycle cannot be interrupted: even if you manage to power down the system or yank the drive during the 0.1 second window of opportunity the data will still be unrecoverable, Pretec claims.

While the device isn't a replacement for whole-disk encryption, it's a neat idea which should certainly boost uptake of SSD use in the military - just in case the whole 'shock resistant' sales pitch hadn't convinced them already.

Thus far Pretec hasn't released any performance specifications for its quick-erase drives, but the devices are thought to be based around its 'industrial' range of SATA drives which are available in sizes up to 192GB and capable of 65MB/s read speed.

The main sticking point for the new devices will, of course, be price: while the military market might not be cost-sensitive, if Pretec wants to sell the technology outside that very exclusive sector it will need to ensure that it doesn't come at too much of a premium.

Could you be tempted by a device which can be completely scrambled in a tenth of a second, or does that just sound like an accident waiting to happen? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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l3v1ck 9th September 2009, 11:29 Quote
:) You've just reminded me of your "East Germany" comments on a previous podcast.
Maybe MP's will want them to cover their expenses tracks.
icutebluezone 9th September 2009, 12:10 Quote
Damit I was thinking they blown up. :( Into 1 million bits.
liratheal 9th September 2009, 12:12 Quote
I, too, was expecting some sort of wisp of smoke self destruction >.>

It also sounds a bit like BS. Pretty much everything's recoverable.
l3v1ck 9th September 2009, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
It also sounds a bit like BS. Pretty much everything's recoverable.
Oh I don't know. In the first SSD labs test CPC had one that was military approved that could be physically be destroyed. I'm not quite sure how it worked though.
damienVC 9th September 2009, 14:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Oh I don't know. In the first SSD labs test CPC had one that was military approved that could be physically be destroyed. I'm not quite sure how it worked though.

Depends which military. UK - give it a thorough kicking out the back. US - drop a JDAM on it. French - smoke a gauloise, have an affair, collaborate and finally get round to shooting it.
Xtreme_Machine 9th September 2009, 17:11 Quote
Is the drive a write off or not? Is only the data destroyed and can the drive be fixed with say an fdisk and format, or are the chips itself damaged beyond any repair?? Still sounds pretty interesting for military use, or maybe permanently hide some not to be disclosed data from say.. your mom? :P
cheeriokilla 9th September 2009, 17:26 Quote
"which is aimed at military use, but is likely to be purchased by paranoid civilian types" I LOL'd so hard hahahaha
cheeriokilla 9th September 2009, 17:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by icutebluezone
Damit I was thinking they blown up. :( Into 1 million bits.

SSSD lets add an S for SHRAPNEL
liratheal 9th September 2009, 17:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Oh I don't know. In the first SSD labs test CPC had one that was military approved that could be physically be destroyed. I'm not quite sure how it worked though.

Oh, well, physical destruction does kinda put the kybosh on data recovery ;)

This drive seems to be more along the line of "we erased the data >.>" rather than "We explode drive now k?"
frojoe 9th September 2009, 19:05 Quote
"We explode drive now k" is a hell of a lot more fun. Just erasing is a bit of a letdown tbh.
Sparrowhawk 10th September 2009, 00:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by frojoe
"We explode drive now k" is a hell of a lot more fun. Just erasing is a bit of a letdown tbh.

I'm disappointed it doesn't contain a few grams of thermite. :|
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKQIMlcX9Ko&feature=related
xprodancer 10th September 2009, 03:13 Quote
would have been great for abit of james bond on this! self destruct in 5,4,3,2,puff!!! how cool would that be!!!! i want to make one that does just that!!!!!
dec 10th September 2009, 03:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by damienVC
Depends which military. UK - give it a thorough kicking out the back. US - drop a JDAM on it. French - smoke a gauloise, have an affair, collaborate and finally get round to shooting it.


lolz a JDAM better yet MOAB. I was also expecting a kaboom somewhere in the article. thatd be a great method of counter terrorism. just sell them computers with exploding SSD's. lol
Gareth Halfacree 10th September 2009, 09:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by dec
I was also expecting a kaboom somewhere in the article.
"Where's the 'kaboom?' There's supposed to be an Earth-shattering 'kaboom."
Abdul Hadi 5th October 2009, 10:02 Quote
A good advertisement.
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