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A Method and Apparatus for Physically Destroying Disk Patterns on a Disk Drive

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000196280D
Publication Date: 2010-May-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 103K

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Abstract

A method and apparatus is disclosed identifying an unauthorized access to a disk drive. In response to identifying the unauthorized access, the apparatus physically destroy the disk drive, thereby rendering disk platters on the disk drive unreadable.

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A Method and Apparatus for Physically Destroying Disk Patterns on a Disk Drive

Disclosed is a method and apparatus for identifying an unauthorized access to a disk drive. In response to identifying the unauthorized access, the apparatus physically destroy the disk drive, thereby rendering disk platters on the disk drive unreadable and irretrievable.

The apparatus as disclosed herein is a small electronic and mechanical device embedded within a disk drive. The mechanical device of the apparatus includes a movable pivot arm. The movable pivot arm is similar to an actuator arm equipped with a disk drive head a disk drive. The moveable pivot arm is configured with a magnetic pick, which is employed to scratch/destroy a storage disk platter, by running it across surface of the disk drive while the storage disk platter is in motion.

Fig. 1 illustrates an exemplary implementation of the apparatus.

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The apparatus disclosed herein is configured to identify an unauthorized access. The apparatus is configured using a software installed on a host machine. The configuration

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enables the apparatus to identify the authorized access and to modify an operation mode of the disk drive from a normal mode to a protect mode. A policy schema includes a set of conditions during which the apparatus is turn on the protect mode for the disk drive. For example, the set of conditions may include destroy data if the...

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