Toshiba's New HDDs Destroy Data Automatically

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
    My old hard drive did this all the time...wait a minute...that wasn't a feature..
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  • sabot00
    This would be useful for laptops that need to be super-secure.
  • wickedsnow
    Agreed, for laptops or government office's.
  • milktea
    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. :)