Toshiba intros self-encrypting, auto-erasing hard drives

By on April 14, 2011, 2:29 AM
Toshiba has introduced a new line of self-encrypting hard drives that offer another layer of security to professionals. The company's MKxx61GSYG 2.5-inch drives are aimed at computers and related devices used by government, medical as well as financial institutions and will "invalidate" their data when connected to an unknown host. When powered on, the drive and host initiate an authentication process. Users can predefine various actions based on the failure of that authentication.

If desired, the drive can be configured to simply deny access when unauthorized entry is detected. It can also perform a data wipe on the entire drive or specific blocks of information. Other options allow users to delete certain data ranges every power cycle or if the drive receives multiple invalid "Unlock" commands. Based on the press release, it sounds as if the drive performs a cryptographic wipe, deleting the keys required to decrypt protected data and not necessarily scrapping the data itself.

There might be options for both but the effect is the same regardless: nobody's accessing your information. The drive uses AES 256-bit encryption, which the US government has deemed worthy of protecting top secret data. Toshiba hasn't revealed the full specifications of its MKxx61GSYG line, but models will come in capacities of 160GB to 640GB with a 16MB buffer and a 7200RPM spindle speed. Mass production will begin this spring and Toshiba hasn't named any customers or prices.

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Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Nice idea for some corporations. I could see these being implimented, but personally and general public wise, maybe not so much... just like with the Ironkey USB drives... I dont want to risk losing my data because family or friends were messing around with my stuff. Hopefully they arent touching my computer equipment.. but sometimes they do!

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

^^ , Very intriguing hard drive idea, indeed. Especially the AES-encryption. Even though the 256-bit is not foolproof in any way, it will still take several years to hack/decrypt provided you have the required software, by "required" - meaning (read) very sophisticated.

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

Nice, really sounds like something in a Movie lol... cool.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Someday someone will spend a lot of time and effort only to discover some CEO's secret porn collection.

jink said:

gwailo247 said:

Someday someone will spend a lot of time and effort only to discover some CEO's secret porn collection.

or even worse....his family photos.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

and soon... self-encrypting SSDs

olibenu said:

distribute with free torrent client and you have a killing!

fpsgamerJR62 said:

Now all they need to add is an auto-destruct feature for all those IMF agent-wannabes.

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