Seagate announces 1TB self-encrypting HDD

By Justin Mann on September 6, 2007, 3:21 PM
More cool news from Seagate this week, they announced yesterday the release of two new HDD hard drives, one for notebooks and one for PCs. The new 2.5” HDD is very spacious at 250GB and will be part of their Momentus line, though with other 250GB units already in the market it isn't terribly special. It will feature perpendicular recording and a SATA-II interface, using a 5400RPM spindle speed.

The other unit is more interesting. They are aiming a new behemoth 1TB disk at businesses and enterprise environments, adding on to their Barracuda line a technology they are calling Full Disc Encryption (imagine that). The self-encrypting technology relies on AES, and can couple various authentication technologies to make sure data on the disk is kept safe such as biometrics.

Encrypting a hard drive might be a simpler way of securing data than encrypting a file system, though soon it seems both options will be readily available. No mention is made about when these encrypting hard drives specifically, only that they will be available sometime in 2008. You can read the full press release at Seagate's site.




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PanicX said:
I'm still waiting for the normal version of the 1TB drive. My distributer has pushed back the ETA 3 times now. Looks like it wont be in stock until Oct. 4th right now.
Julio said:
Anything wrong with the Hitachi version?[url]http://www.techspot.com/review/54-hitachi-desks
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thomasxstewart said:
If you get one thats had its key taken out, will it still work as encrypted hd or reg hd? Also can you put in new key? Why isn't malicious key removal problem?Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK MD.
PanicX said:
@JulioI've been hesitant of Hitachi since they took over IBM's deskstar line, which was notorious for failed drives. Also the Seagate drive will use fewer platters which will also translate into faster speeds and quieter operation. On top of that Seagate in my opinion creates the most reliable drives available and therefore gets my vote on where I'll store my data.@thomasxstewartFrom what I've read, you can change the key at any time, which will also invalidate any data already encrypted with a different key. To maliciciously remove the key, the user would have to be at the console during boot. And as anyone with any security experience will tell you, your PC has almost zero protection from malicious intent when the culprit has physical access to the equipment. However with this encrypting technology, the worse they can do is destroy the data instead of harvesting it. This technology in NO way makes data backup less important.
phantasm66 said:
Dude, that's some really good info and viewpoints there.This sort of thing will be the standard soon on laptops at least - the security of data on mobile devices has been highlighted in the news several times, with many embarrassing stories for large companies and for governmental agencies who’s employees lost machines containing customer data. All it takes is for someone to put something down in a bar for a minute or too, or leave it on the train coming home, and the public’s confidence in an entire organisation can be shattered.Hardware based, whole disk encryption, including the operating system partition, is absolutely the way to go. It’s even been suggested by these HDD makers that they employ multifactor authentication – that is to say, a password AND a finger print scan, etc. But as PanicX has correctly told you, that IN NO WAY means you can do without a backup. If your data is worth encrypting its worth backing up several times to different media.
phantasm66 said:
Another thing to watch out for is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that does hardware based encryption and random number generation, etc.[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Modul
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