Seagate announced a 1TB desktop hard drive that uses government-grade encryption and a new 250GB 2.5-inch notebook hard drive.
The Barracuda FDE (full disc encryption) hard drive is the world’s first 3.5-inch desktop PC drive with native encryption to prevent unauthorized access to data on lost or stolen hard drives or systems. Using AES encryption, a government-grade security protocol and the strongest that is commercially available, The Barracuda FDE hard drive delivers endpoint security for powered-down systems. Logging back on requires a pre-boot user password that can be buttressed with other layers of authentication such as smart cards and biometrics.
Offered in capacities up to 1TB, this 7,200-rpm encrypting desktop PC hard drive also gives organizations an easy way to repurpose or retire desktop computers without compromising sensitive information and to conform to the growing number of data privacy laws calling for the protection of consumer information using government-grade encryption.
Built with the same Seagate DriveTrust Technology that powers Momentus 5400 FDE.2 hard drives, the world’s first notebook disc drive with built-in encryption, Barracuda FDE provides the optimal balance of capacity, performance and security. DriveTrust delivers new levels of simplicity, transparency and cost-effectiveness for securing digital information. The Seagate security platform automatically protects data stored throughout the drive, not just selected partitions or files, and its security functions operate independently of the hard drive, preserving the hard drive’s performance.
The Momentus 5400.4 hard drive, the industry’s second-generation notebook drive to use capacity-boosting perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, combines up to 250GB of capacity with a super-speedy Serial ATA 3.0 Gbit/second interface.
This 2.5-inch, 5400-rpm hard drive delivers 250GB of capacity on two platters and is tough to the core. Seagate’s newest notebook drive packs industry-leading operating and non-operating shock resistance of 325 Gs and 900 Gs, respectively, making it ideal for systems that are subject to rough handling or high levels of vibration. The entire series of Momentus hard drives is lean on power consumption, and are virtually inaudible thanks to Seagate’s SoftSonic fluid-dynamic bearing motors and QuietStep ramp load technology.
Momentus 5400.4 is expected to ship to system builders and original equipment manufacturers in the fourth quarter of calendar 2007, and Barracuda FDE is on track to ship in 2008.