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Toshiba Unveils New Self-Encrypting HDD Meeting Trusted Computing Group Opal Specs

Dec 1 2010, 12:04pm CST | by , in News | Computer Hardware

Toshiba Unveils New Self-Encrypting HDD Meeting Trusted Computing Group Opal Specs
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Drive encrypts all data with no user input

Toshiba is one of the bigger players in the computer storage market and has a wide range of HDDs that are found inside a wide range of computers from a bunch of different brands. The company has pulled the wraps off a new HDD that is aimed at the mobile market and offers performance and data security. The new drive is the MKxx61GSYD.

The HDD is self-encryption to protect the data you put on the storage device. It uses 256-bit AES encryption and the encryption hardware is incorporated into the drives electronics controller and is based on the Opal Security Subsystem Class specification from the Trusted Computing Group. The HDD will find its way into notebooks and desktop computers that need data encryption to protect the content of the drive. The AES-256 encryption algorithm is an implementation that is certified by the NIST.

The HDD can be administered or disabled remotely as well using Intel Active Management Technology. The SED drive encrypts and decrypts data at full IO speeds so there is no lag or wait time for the end user when accessing or writing data to the drive. The data encryption requires no input from the user so employers can guarantee that all the data on a machine is encrypted without worrying that the user will forget to activate software or hardware.

“The MKxx61GSYD helps organizations of all sizes to proactively protect sensitive data and to ensure compliance with data privacy regulations. Strong data encryption and access authentication are the foundations for meeting the ‘safe harbour’ provisions of privacy protection laws,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division. “By working closely with leading security ISVs and technology enablers, Toshiba is ensuring that our SED models integrate seamlessly into the most widely supported managed security environments. IT organizations can start to transition toward drive-based encryption in many cases using their current security management environment and without impacting legacy software encryption deployments.”

Toshiba will offer the HDD in 640GB, 500GB, 320GB, 250GB, and 160GB capacities. The average seek time is 12ms and the drive spins at 7200rpm. The HDD uses the SATA 3Gb/s interface and can withstand 325G shock for 2ms in operation. The drives are going into volume production in Q1 2011.

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