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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Seagate preps hard-disk encryption technology

Next year Seagate will start shipping a security technology for some of its hard-disk drives that will make life more difficult for notebook PC thieves to read stolen data.

The technology, called Hardware-Based Full Disc Encryption (FDE), automatically encrypts all the data written to the drive, according to Mark Pastor, strategic marketing senior director at Seagate.  The technology will be available for notebook PC makers on 40GB, 80GB and 120GB versions of the Momentus 5400-series drives, which will have a spin speed of 5,400 rpm and use the Ultra ATA-100 interface.

The hard-disk drives with the encryption technology will have exactly the same performance as the drives in the series that don’t use the technology.  But the drives with the security feature will be more expensive, Pastor said.

Posted on 06/21