Seagate Readies Secure Drive

Early in 2007, Seagate Technology will begin shipping its first widely available hard drives with built-in encryption. The Momentus 5400 FDE.2 (which stands for Full Disk Encryption 2) will include a special encryption chip that will make it impossible for anyone to read data off the disk, or even boot up a PC, without some form of authentication. Designed for notebook computers, the 2.5-inch, 5400 rpm drive will come with a storage capacity of 80GB, 120GB, or 160GB.

Users could give a password to gain access to the drive, but Seagate expects notebook vendors to also develop other authentication systems such as fingerprint and smart card readers.

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IBM has been doing this for years. Corporate customers find this kind of technology very comforting to have especially on their notebooks.

What happened to toe Momentus 5400 FDE (1)? Oh right, it was a miserable failure because absolutely nobody was interested in it. Which is what will happen to this relabel.

Ahh... this will be the solution to secure cached data on the flash memory of hybird flash memory/Hard disk drives. Too bad data recovery is going to be difficult, or impossible.

This isn't really anything new guys. I mean, programs like PGP already do full-disk encryption.

Yes, but this is hardware based.

This is a bad idea. Being able to take a hard drive out and read it in a Linux liveCD or another computer is an essential way of recovering data after Windows gets corrupt.

Well, think about it. You could store all your illegal files on it. Then when they take you to court, theres no evidence. Assuming you use a password and "forget" it. Obviously if you use a fingerprint its a bit harder...

you get fined a LOT of money for not giving them the password. you're basically impeding their investigation. depending on what they want your HDD for you could go to jail too

you definetly don't get off scot-free