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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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Password recovery
By jp7189 on 10/31/2006 12:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
Is there a backdoor to these drives? Supposing the password is lost can one call Seagate and gain access to the encrypted data?

My point is if this exists than a stolen drive is open to 'social engineering' attacks.

I remembering reading about a USB enclosure (can't remember the brand) that provided full disk encrytion with the key being stored in a removeable dongle. Great idea! .. but the company could replace a lost key which would regain access to the encrypted data. Making the system ultimately useless for data protection IMO.




RE: Password recovery
By aoz on 11/9/2006 7:31:09 AM , Rating: 2
I have been working for three years with SecureDoc hard drive encryption (winmagic), and TrueImage backup (acronis). I have a tablet PC, AND my home desktop, with encryption. I have home financial data, AND office data.

Performance - I even do GRAPHICS work, and I find no performance degradation with this

Security - I think DESKTOPS should be protected also - if someone breaks into facility, (see recent news, various companies, even desktops stolen/misplaced), the data is protected

Backup - If you care about your data, it can be backed up. LOCK your BACKUP in a SAFE ! I have done combinations of encrypted backup, unencrypted backup, backup of just cloning my data drives, etc. Do NOT blame the software if the end-user does not take time to back this up

ADDENDUM to this - companies making the software for backup and encryption must work toward making this easier for the (computer illiterate...) end user, but at some point, the user is responsible for his/her data

But, in summary, as far as trusting this software; it is fantastic !
I can go on vacation, take machine with me, and if machine is stolen, my name won't be in the papers for data disclosure !

Nick


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