Solidata Shows Off Trigger Controlled Secure Erase ‘SandForce Driven’ SATA 3 SSD – CeBIT 2012 Update

Our visit to the Solidata booth at CeBIT today brought with it something we never expected to see, this being a Solidata X8 ‘SandForce Driven’ SSD with hardware secure erase.

The picture below displays a long red cord with a button on the end that, when pressed, ensures complete  destruction of the SSDs data.

This hardware secure erase method physically destroys each memory module on the drive, ensuring absolute destruction of all data.

I guess we are probably getting into the world of extremely high tech and sensitive data here, but I am sure of one thing.  If I ever come across a friends computer with that little cord and button hanging out, I am sure I don’t want to be there.  Let’s have a look.

As we can see below, the drive is equipped with a SF-2281 processor for speeds up to 5550MB/s read and 520MB/s write with 85,000 IOPS and it is available in capacities of 60, 120, 240 and 480GB.


The X8 family is actually available in many variations fom the consumer level X8, to the X8HS (High Security) above, X8EM (eMLC) as well as the X8 LE which is their basic SATA 3 offering with asynchronous NAND flash memory.

Another Solidata enterprise drive that we found interesting was their slc based K5 enterprise value series which contains the Indilinx controller and is capable of performance of 220MB/s read and 200MB/s write with 18,000 IOPS.  This SSD is available in configurations of 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512GB.

blankWe hope you backed up your data before pressing that button!


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    “This hardware secure erase method physically destroys each memory module on the drive…”

    Gives a whole new meaning to ‘secure’ erase eh? The glazed over nand/pcb must have something to do with it. Next thing you know they’ll be selling thermite based ‘secure’ erase devices…:o

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    wow that is the coolest thing ive seen in a while! wonder how they phycically destory it, acid or something? uber voltage? i imagine voltage. either way very interesting.

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    Sounds rather “Mission Impossible” -ish!! This device will self-destruct in “X” seconds!!

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