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Self-encrypting HDDs wipe out sensitive data

Posted: 18 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:self-encrypting disk? data invalidation technology? wipe technology? security?

Toshiba Corporation has just introduced "Wipe" for Toshiba Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) models. This technology enables further security capabilities, such as the world's first ability for sensitive user data to be securely erased if a system is powered-down or if a SED HDD is removed from the system.

This feature may also be used to securely erase user data prior to returning leased systems, system disposal, refurbishing or re-purposing.

Toshiba's Wipe Technology may be used to set data invalidation attributes for multiple data ranges. Such flexibility provides systems designers with a powerful set of data security capabilities that can readily be incorporated into existing system architecture. These attributes include data encryption and secure invalidation on power cycle.

Wipe technology is an added feature of Toshiba's 2.5in 7200rpm SED HDD released in July 2010. The SEDs offer advanced access security and on-board encryption for client systems such as notebook computers, created to meet the Trusted Computing Group "Opal" Specification.

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