Manual Hard Drive Destroyer
Model MHDD


  • Used by NSA & DOD for destroying hard drives
  • Designed for emergency as well as normal destruction of hard drives
  • The GREEN solution to drive destruction - NO POWER required
  • Easy hand crank operation
  • Extremely Rugged Design
  • FAST, SAFE and RELIABLE (15 seconds or less)
  • Compact and transportable -  (only 23.5” High x 8” wide (13” with crank) x 12” deep)
  • Optional motor drive for hands off operation
  • Universal Mounting Kit Available
  • One year warranty
  • Lifetime warranty on the "bender" mechanism
Manual Hard Drive Destroyer Leasing Available
Manual Hard Drive Destroyer Manual Hard Drive Destroyer
Manual Hard Drive Destroyer Manual Hard Drive Destroyer

The model MHDD, Manual Hard Drive Destroyer, is designed for the destruction of all standard hard drives. It is ideal for emergency situations when electricity may not be available and quick destruction is a must.

This small, heavy-duty hard drive destroyer is maintenance free and completely self-contained. There are no fluids or external components to contend with and no adjustments or calibration required.

Government specifications require that in an emergency situation a hard drive needs to be destroyed so that a person or persons can not spin the drive. This must be done quickly and reliably. The MHDD meets this requirement. It takes less than 15 seconds to destroy each hard drive. All one needs to do is to insert the proper drive height adapter (if applicable) into the slot and crank the handle 8 rotations. The internal workings of the unit press down on the drive, bending it approximately 90 degrees. The MHDD then pushes the destroyed hard drive out for easy disposal. To keep the speed at an optimum, the MHDD does not require the handle to be cranked backwards to reset the "bender". It resets automatically, requiring the operator to turn the handle in only one direction. The bend will render the hard drive useless by bending the platter, damaging the heads, motor and circuit board. A standard ratcheting feature is also included to make it even easier to destroy unusually hard to break drives or if a high quantity of drives need to be processed.

If the power goes out…if the plane is forced to land in enemy territory…if the embassy is under siege…all these and other emergency situations may require immediate destruction of stored information. It is for these situations that the MHDD is perfectly suited.

In commercial applications, the MHDD is an inexpensive alternative to expensive power destroyers, shredders and degaussers. The MHDD offers visible proof that the hard drive is, in fact, destroyed. Because the MHDD requires a minimal amount of manual power, it is extremely operator friendly.

In today’s world with the threat of identity and terrorism raging on, it is important to keep in mind that information must be kept secure and out of the wrong hands.

The MHDD also has a motor (MTR) option allowing automatic operation. This option does not limit the ability to be used manually in case of an emergency. The manual handle will still operate with the motor attached.



Media Destroyed All standard (1-inch, .65-inch, 1.65-inch) and laptop hard drives
Manual Operator Exertion Typical Commercial Drives (1-inch) – Approx. 4 lbs. exertion
Hardened (Heavy Shielded) (1-inch) – Approx. 12 lbs. exertion (differential)
Power Supply (with motor option) 100 to 250 VAC, 50/60 Hz (specify voltage when ordering)
Operating Time Approximately 15 seconds or less per drive.  
MX2-HD Heavy Duty unit can destroy a drive in  2 Seconds!
Physical Dimensions 8" W (13" with crank) x 12" D x 23.5" H
Weight Approximately 35 lbs.  Easily transportable!
Destruction Method Bends platter, damages heads, motor and circuit board
Maintenance Occasional vacuuming of internal housing.  Optional debris cover available.
Warranty 1 year (1-year extension available).  Lifetime warranty on the bending mechanism.

For more information on the MHDD, download a copy of the MHDD Data Sheet    Download Acrobat Reader

To see the MHDD in operation, please download a copy of the MHDD video (MPG file - 14.5MB) 

To see the motorized MX2 drive destroyer in action, please download the MX2 Video (MPG file - 18.7MB)

or watch a You Tube video of the unit in action.

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