Self-Destruct Buttons On This SSD Will Physically Destroy Your Drive

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Are you worried about the FBI kicking down your door in search of all your digital contraband? If so then it's time to upgrade to RunCore's new InVincible SSD drive with its pair of red and green self-destruct buttons that will keep you one step ahead of prying eyes.

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Like any SSD the InVincible offers several advantages to traditional hard drives like lower power consumption, fast read (240Mbps) and write (140Mbps) times, and the ability to endure temperatures ranging from -50 to 200+ degrees fahrenheit. But the real reason people will be opting for this particular drive is its set of red and green self-destruct buttons, which remain accessible outside your computer, that can be used to get rid of any incriminating digital evidence.

Pushing the green button initiates the drive's intelligent destruction mode which simply overwrites the entire disk with random, meaningless code—leaving your files unrecoverable according to RunCore. But the slightly more tempting red button initiates the drive's physical destruction mode which applies a strong current to the InVincible's NAND flash memory, completely destroying it in a puff of smoke as demonstrated in the video. It's definitely the more extreme way to go, but it further guarantees that no one will ever be able to recover what was on the drive.

So technically, the InVincible isn't actually completely invincible. There's no pricing or availability information for the drive just yet, but you can probably expect it to cost a little more than your standard SSD. Oh, and if you happen to be red-green color blind, you might just want to avoid it altogether. [RunCore via Engadget via Ubergizmo]

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One of the chief problems with this idea is that in my jurisdiction (and in probably all others) there is a crime called Tampering With Evidence that covers just this sort of thing- it's when a person, knowing that an official proceeding or investigation is in progress, or is about to be or likely to be instituted, alters, destroys, conceals, or removes any record, document, or thing, with purpose to impair its value or availability as evidence in such proceeding or investigation. That alone is a felony which carries a potential sentence of nine to thirty-six months. Now: is that better than many, many, many years on 7,000 counts of child porn? Most likely. But it's the digital equivalent of trying to flush your spare kilo down the toilet.