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FDE.2 family of notebook drives come with DriveTrust encryption

Seagate this week announced a new line of notebook hard drives that will feature DriveTrust technology, the company's name for full drive encryption. Called the Momentus FDE.2 series, the drives will feature the technology on board, meaning that no special software or other hardware piece is required. The technology is being carried to notebooks from Seagate's current family of drives called the DB35 series, which all feature DriveTrust technology. According to Seagate:

The 2.5-inch, 5,400-RPM drive's hardware-based full disc encryption delivers significantly stronger protection than traditional encryption approaches by securely performing all cryptographic operations and access control within the drive. For users, only a password is needed to self-authenticate for full drive access, while third- party enhancements enable thumbprint and smart card options for multi-factor self-authentication.

Seagate currently distributes its line of encrypted DB35 series of hard drives for manufacturers who are developing DVR products. The DB35 drives provide the content protection mechanism required to prevent users from illegally moving off recorded TV material onto a computer. Users who have FDE.2 featured notebooks can rest easily knowing that the data on the drives are entirely encrypted. Seagate however still recommends the use of regular passwords and other devices such as finger print authentication.

The new FDE.2 notebook drives will be introduced with a starting speed of 5400 RPM and Seagate expects faster drives to be out several months later. As of right now, FDE.2 drives are not yet available. Seagate noted that the drives will be introduced in the first quarter of 2007.

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Hrrmm, excellent
By bwave on 10/30/2006 9:36:00 PM , Rating: 4
Grreat, ok, you guys do realize that business people never backup anything? You know how many hds we run drive recovery on in a week? Encryption = no data recovered. Believe me, these people could care less about security. Doctors come in all the time, give us all their passwords, and leave unit for a day or two, HIPPA be damned.

RE: Hrrmm, excellent
By goku on 10/31/2006 3:27:44 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly what I was thinking. Data recovery will be impossible with encryption like this...

RE: Hrrmm, excellent
By rushfan2006 on 10/31/2006 9:33:20 AM , Rating: 2
I work for one of the nation's top 10 Mortgage Bankers. We also have policy that all laptops must be encrypted.

Backup can be an issue, yes..but we are required by law to adhere to certain information seurity/privacy acts. So if we think its smart or not smart for backup it doesn't matter because if we fail an security audit the government isn't going to care if we say "well we can't backup the data if its encrypted".

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