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Hitachi adds encryption to laptop drive


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Hitachi has announced that its 200GB notebook hard drive will include encryption to protect data if the machine falls into the wrong hands.

Dell and Alienware are the first vendors that will sell computers incorporating the drive.

The Travelstar 7K200 uses Hitachi's Bulk Data Encryption technology to guard against data loss should the notebook go missing, a frequent and increasingly embarrassing occurrence for a string of high-profile victims.
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One of the major selling points of Vista was that it had total disk encryption, eliminating the need for third party encryption for those, primarily businesses, that need data protection. This may be a better way to do that, allowing data protection with any operating system of choice.
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Raw access times for the disk are quoted at 10ms average read and 11ms average write. In practice, Hitachi says the drive is around 25 per cent faster than competing 7,200rpm laptop drives.

The Hitachi TravelStar 7K200 series will also be available in capacities of 80GB, 100GB, 120GB and 160GB.

The company also says it can withstand a shock of up to 350Gs.
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