Have a whole bunch of hard disks with potentially confidential information on-board? Another solution – other than doing lots of tedious data wipes, might be to physically destroy them with a device like the patent-pending Hard Disk Crusher by EDR Solutions.

The Hard Disk Crusher promises to keep your confidential information, well – confidential, by permanently destroying it via a crushing mechanism operated via a standard 110 outlet. The idea is that it is simpler and faster than a data wipe, taking just 10 seconds to crush a disk.

According to EDR’s Web site:

With the Hard Disk Crusher you can crush over 60 disks an hour. It drills through the hard disk’s spindles and physically creates ripples in the platters making it impossible to recover the data.

Gearlog, received one thoroughly destroyed hard disk and noted that the $11,500 price tag is expensive, though it probably cannot be compared to the potential cost of identify theft.