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Toshiba's New HDDs Destroy Data Automatically

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Toshiba announced a series of self-encrypting hard drives that can actually wipe the data stored on them when they are connected to "an unknown host system."

Toshiba said that the drives are designed for use in PCs, printers, POS systems especially in government, financial and medical application fields.

The MK-61GSYG series of drives are based on the Opal specification of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) to store and encrypt data and adds a "data wiping technology." Users can configure the data "invalidation" ranges to destroy the data by command, on power cycle or a host authentication error. According to Toshiba, the drive provides users and administrators an option to simply deny access to data following a failed user authentication or "crypto-erase" sensitive user data.

The drives will be sampling during the second quarter of this year and will be available with capacities of 160, 250, 320, 500 and 640 GB. All drives integrate a SATA 3 Gbps interface and rotate their platters at a speed of 7200 RPM. Toshiba did not announce prices for the new drives.

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    rmmil978 , April 16, 2011 12:30 AM
    My old hard drive did this all the time...wait a minute...that wasn't a feature..
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    sabot00 , April 15, 2011 11:32 PM
    This would be useful for laptops that need to be super-secure.
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    wickedsnow , April 15, 2011 11:39 PM
    Agreed, for laptops or government office's.
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    milktea , April 15, 2011 11:54 PM
    If someone needs to take sensitive data from a government HDD, I doubt that they would simply connect it to any computer (which then crypto-erase). They would probably take the platters out and do a manual data extraction. :) 
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    applegetsmelaid , April 15, 2011 11:58 PM
    This would be great for those that don't want someone else seeing their data ;) 
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    groveborn , April 16, 2011 12:01 AM
    No, they usually take the whole system, or just copy the files from withing the system. If they can't do that, then they'll take the harddrives. If they KNOW they will auto-erase, then maybe they'd consider taking out the platters.

    Then again...why would the government need to hide data?
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    devon64327 , April 16, 2011 12:04 AM
    To be honest I can't see much use in this. If someone really needed that data they could take the entire system, extract the plater itself or probably just circumvent the wiping process. I find myself skeptical that Toshiba has built a bulletproof method
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    rmmil978 , April 16, 2011 12:30 AM
    My old hard drive did this all the time...wait a minute...that wasn't a feature..
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    alidan , April 16, 2011 12:38 AM
    id rather the drives self encrypt to 2024bit if you don't use a special key. it allows the user to be able to get the data back, without them being realistically able to peak inside.
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    K2N hater , April 16, 2011 12:46 AM
    It's a lot easier to reach confidential files through OS exploits than disassembling a disk. Actually sensitive files are much more likely to be stored on a redundant file server instead because... For the case some HDD with that sort of protection dies one is to pay perhaps $25000 for the files to be recovered and the contents may eventually be leaked by the data recovery company.
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    dalethepcman , April 16, 2011 1:03 AM
    Others have stated some of the flaws in this already. This is just another marketing Gimmick. Once someone has unfiltered physical access to your machine, everything on it is theirs for the taking.

    Its difficult enough to keep a hacker from accessing things on an internet connected PC, its impossible if you give the PC to the hacker.
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    gmarsack , April 16, 2011 1:19 AM
    At first I thought the headline was in regard to some kind of recall. lol
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    pirateboy , April 16, 2011 1:31 AM
    "Toshiba said that the drives are designed for use in PCs, printers, POS systems"

    lol @ pos systems
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    tychoblu , April 16, 2011 2:14 AM
    All your cute kitten pictures are belongin...not so fast!
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    JOSHSKORN , April 16, 2011 2:27 AM
    What about SATA 6 Gbps?

    Why not have these for larger drives as well? Drives go up to 3 TB.
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    bin1127 , April 16, 2011 5:31 AM
    Stick a bootable USB drive in it and it messes with the bios and gets all the data deleted.
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    orionltd , April 16, 2011 5:39 AM
    I thought the IBM Deathstar drives already destroyed data years ago :) 
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    hannibal , April 16, 2011 10:27 AM
    I thought the IBM Deathstar drives already destroyed data years ago :) 

    They did, but not very realiable... Sometimes there were some information left behind...

    /sarcasm of...

    But in reality, if this works well it would be guite usefull in big companies. Maybe they could start the HD-wipe remetely, in the case if someone rob the computer.
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    kikireeki , April 16, 2011 1:01 PM
    What if your HDD is failing -which is a common thing among notebooks- and you want to recover the data, what would you do in that case?
    It will be a (Mission Impossible) thing letterly.
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    CPU666d1 , April 16, 2011 2:43 PM
    Like a post that I seen at hothardware that said that this technology would be good for people that own porn servers,etc in case their porn gets ripped off.
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    fayzaan , April 16, 2011 4:17 PM
    what if I has stuff on the interwebs!!!
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