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RunCore intros hard drive with a kill switch -- a real one

This solid-state drive (SSD) will self-destruct in five seconds with just one click.

Fire extinguisher not included.
Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

RunCore introduced a new SSD this week -- aptly named InVincible -- that offers one unique feature: a self-destruct button.

Well, the special hard drive actually includes two buttons; a green clicker for intelligent destruction (software-based wiping), and a red option that literally burns and cracks the storage chips within the drive via a major surge of electricity.

One might immediately conclude that this hard drive would work best for sinister Web surfers, but a RunCore press release suggests that the self-destruct button might also come in handy for military and industrial purposes.

As for specifications, a RunCore representative told Crave that the company plans to sell a 64GB InVincible, but did not disclose price information. We also heard a brief mention of a possible 128GB model.

The 2.5-inch hard drive features 240 MB/s read and 140 MB/s write speed through a SATA II interface. While the average Jack or Jill isn't usually worried about federal agents bashing in their door on the hunt for cybercrimes, RunCore's option might work as a nice solution for active -- and paranoid -- file-sharers.