Seagate’s new full disk encryption (FDE) drives are available in 5400 rpm and 7200 rpm models with capacities up to 320 GB in Dell Latitude and Precision notebooks as well as in Optiplex 960 desktops. 500 GB versions will ship by the end of the year, the company said. With this Dell becomes the first manufacturer to ship these new drives in a 320 GB (500 GB available soon) flavor in certain mobile and desktop computer systems and while this new hardware/software combination is an enticing combination for corporations, individuals who opt for such a hard drive may want to be extra careful when using these FDE drives.
FDE hard drives are self-encrypting hard drives, which means that all information stored on the hard drive is automatically encrypted. Accessing the data requires a password. If no password is provided the hard drive is basically locked up and information is kept secure, according to Seagate. If a stolen or lost notebook is recovered, or if a user has simply forgotten a password, IT staff can unlock the hard drive via McAfee’s ePO software. If the system works as intended, critical information should be kept from unauthorized eyes on such computers.
Source:→ TG Daily