Seagate and Dell offer self-encrypting drives

Seagate and Dell have announced that they will be shipping laptops with self-encrypting solutions for hard drives up to 320GB. The company said this was a move to prevent data theft on stolen laptops from being recovered.

With rising thefts on notebooks, this solution would help ensure companies protect their data from being recovered by hackers. Dell is also working on self-encrypting solutions for larger hard drives, up to 500GB.

Dell will be the first computer manufacturer to ship laptops with self-encrypting hard drives. McAfee will be the provider for software for laptops, with Seagate hard drives for larger businesses. This will be combined with McAfee's Data Privacy Law Compliance with each drive.

The self-encrypting hard drives will be available in 5400rpm, and 7200rpm models, with a maximum of 500GB storage. This will be the release of Seagates new Momentus FDE (full disk encryption) laptop hard drives.

According to the FBI, in 2005, laptop theft totalled more than 6.7 Million dollars. The FBI also stated that a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds, and only 3% are recovered.

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It`s only amatter of time until the hackers break it. Same as always, Keeping one step ahead. In reply to neu- fusue Youn should be "LOL" in order to make it 100% unbreakable the owner Himself would be unable to accsess it!

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This should be great for the business that has a back up plan. Employees who save to a network drive daily, or other wise are aware of the consequence hard drive failure brings. But ... will we see a data recovery process that will work with encrypted data? Currently I use acronis, file scavenger and a few others to get data from failing and bad harddrives. Hope there is a plan in place, However it sounds like something to keep hackers out... that means everyone right...
Oh I can see gramma with all the photos of little johnny lost forever shedding a tear and in distress...

Please tell me they have thought of the typical everyday joe that doesn't have a clue what an external drive is ... let alone how to make a backup.
Other than that... this sounds great.

I wonder how much of a performace hit comes with this feature.

For people with sensitive data on their data, however, any tradeoff is justified.