It's one thing to have your personal notebook filled with family photos, music and movies come up missing. It's a different beast entirely when that missing notebook contains business information, trade secrets or the login credentials of your employer.
In those instances, it'd be great to have a self-destructing hard drive akin to something out of a James Bond movie. As it turns out, that technology already exists and it comes from a company called SecureDrives.
The company lists four different solid state drive models that offer up a mixture of 256-bit AES CBC hardware encryption, two-factor authentication, GSM command over encryption key flipping and physical fracturing of the NAND flash storage.
There are a few different instances where the drive will trigger its self-destruct mechanism. For example, trying to physically open the drive (it's sealed during the production process) will initiate physical fracturing.
What's more, user's can configure the drive to destruct if removed from your system's SATAII connector, self-destruct when the internal battery runs completely empty (some may think a dead battery would disable security features) and even remotely kill the drive via SMS sent from any phone.
I suspect these drives won't be cheap but if data security is your top priority, they certainly seem capable of the job. Just don't accidentally trigger the self-destruct mode as there's absolutely no way to recover your data once the deed has been done.