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This SSD Will Self-Destruct When Needed

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RunCore has released an SSD that features two ways of destroying data, one of which is nuking the drive itself with the press of a button!

On Wednesday RunCore announced the worldwide release of its InVincible SATA SSD, a drive so secure that it will physically self-destruct with the mere press of a button. Damage is caused by applying an over-current to the NAND flash memory, thereby physically destroying the chips (as seen in the photo).

RunCore's new line of destructive discs was developed for embedded computer systems that demand high-speed serial switched fabric interconnects for rugged design implementation and more flexible power ranges. The InVincible's self-destruction mode is just one of two ways users can eliminate sensitive data.

According to the company, the second method allows the user to overwrite the entire disk with meaningless code. This overwrite-deletion method ensures that there is no way to potentially recover previous data stored to the device, effectively setting the SSD back to factory default.

"With these devices, your private data protection is entering an entirely new stage of security," the company said. "This is especially important in an ever more mobile environment were sensitive data and information are frequently being carried along, making it a potential risk to being used by unauthorized 3rd parties. With the RunCore InVincible you now have a highly advanced data protection solution for most demanding professional usage which is also suited for the private sector where data security is becoming an ever more important concern."

The SSD's technical specs include an extreme temperature tolerance of -45 to 95 degrees Celsius (or -49 to 203 degrees Fahrenheit), read speeds up to 240 Mbps, write speeds up to 140 Mbps, SATA II compatibility, and both SLC and MLC-based solutions. The video below explains it all with a nice smoking demonstration, and even uses the term "data destruction." But what you won't get out of the clip is an actual availability date and pricing.

RunCore InVincible SSD with Physical Self-Destruction

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    JackNaylorPE , May 18, 2012 1:29 PM
    I await the string of forum posts asking how to "undo it".
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    drwho1 , May 18, 2012 1:11 PM
    I like the second option best for "normal users" ...

    The first option would make no sense to "normal users" like me, but it would come handy for military or any other high sensitive environment were data could end up in the wrong hands.
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    jacobdrj , May 18, 2012 1:23 PM
    In my experience, you don't need this fancy drive: Just a Sandforce based controller and sleep mode...

    (This coming from the proud owner of over 5 Sandforce based drives...)

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    drwho1 , May 18, 2012 1:11 PM
    I like the second option best for "normal users" ...

    The first option would make no sense to "normal users" like me, but it would come handy for military or any other high sensitive environment were data could end up in the wrong hands.
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    guruofchem , May 18, 2012 1:15 PM
    Looking forward to some black hat figuring a way to blow up those drives remotely - carnage ensues!
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    jacobdrj , May 18, 2012 1:23 PM
    In my experience, you don't need this fancy drive: Just a Sandforce based controller and sleep mode...

    (This coming from the proud owner of over 5 Sandforce based drives...)

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    JackNaylorPE , May 18, 2012 1:29 PM
    I await the string of forum posts asking how to "undo it".
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    adarsh_v , May 18, 2012 1:48 PM
    Will it play the Mission Impossible theme while it nukes itself?? :) 
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    zaznet , May 18, 2012 1:50 PM
    Invincible until you press the button...
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    warezme , May 18, 2012 1:51 PM
    Jihad model I assume..
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    theuniquegamer , May 18, 2012 1:54 PM
    Reminds me the Ethan Hunt's gadgets those self destruct after mission debrief (from mission impossible)
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    CaedenV , May 18, 2012 1:58 PM
    LOL, great video, the lip sync was a bit off like an old Godzilla movie, yet it was more interesting and engaging than any of the new Tom's Hardware videos :p 
    And seriously... smoke coming from the SSD... now that is convincing destruction :) 
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    ewood , May 18, 2012 2:01 PM
    its invincible but it also self destructs...
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    razor512 , May 18, 2012 2:05 PM
    I have a better solution for secure data destruction,

    Why not mix some thermite and place it in a small container above the SSD or HDD

    then install an extra switch onto your case, then wire it from the power supply, through the thermite and too the switch.

    then if you need to physically destroy the drive, you simply hit a button and the drive will be melted in about 2-3 seconds

    it will be very similarly to that drive in the video, but cheaper and compatible with any drive.

    thermite is cheap and easy to make (sometimes even free)

    or if you are lazy, you can wire up a shotgun shell to the drive (though that is less safe compared to making thermite which has such a high ignition temperature that it ignite by it's self, even if you stick the entire unit in a oven. (you can even wrap it in paper then pour some gas and set it on fire and it wont start the exothermic reaction)
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    tburns1 , May 18, 2012 2:05 PM
    Oh I bet hackers would love this! Not really so much to try to nuke others, but to nuke themselves when they are caught. Definite military applications too. I remember when the Chinese forced one American spy plane to land about 10 years (or so) ago. They had to pour acid on their hard drives in order to prevent the Chinese from getting the data they had collected.
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    halcyon , May 18, 2012 2:06 PM
    Quote:
    Will it play the Mission Impossible theme while it nukes itself?? :) 


    Yes it will. How'd ya know?!
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    Anonymous , May 18, 2012 2:11 PM
    I bet this will mostly be purchased by child porn losers
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    pdxalex , May 18, 2012 2:19 PM
    How long before we start seeing "hello how to fix SSD damaged from over-current" threads in the forum
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    aoneone , May 18, 2012 2:31 PM
    "Hey dad? What if i push this weird looking button next to this black square thingie?"

    Dad says, "No son!! my porn collection!"

    -followed by grounding the whole summer vacation- =(
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    internetlad , May 18, 2012 2:38 PM
    This is the closest Kevin Parrish has ever come to using the word "Nuking" in it's proper context, and it's still off.
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    igot1forya , May 18, 2012 2:56 PM
    Pretty much every Seagate and IBM spindle drive I've ever owned did the same thing, except it was unexpected and a week after warranty. hehe
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    jackbling , May 18, 2012 2:59 PM
    I wish they didnt use the term, "self destruct". One of the great moments of disappointment, in recent times, was a forgotten password on an IronKey. The user quit, we didnt have the password, and were gonna "self destruct" the drive for the lols; there were no lols to be had. A red light flashed and the fanfare was over.

    And the sleep comment is lols.
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    bryonhowley , May 18, 2012 3:32 PM
    igot1foryaPretty much every Seagate and IBM spindle drive I've ever owned did the same thing, except it was unexpected and a week after warranty. hehe

    Guess I have been lucky because I have had Seagate drives since my first 250meg drive and have not had one go bad most are still working in rigs today.
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