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Vendors take giant leap with drive encryption

Vendors take giant leap with drive encryption

Rival companies deliver strong, secure drives that don't skimp on performance

The Bottom Line: Hitachi Travelstar 7K200

Hitachi GST, hitachigst.com
Overall Score: Excellent 8.7
Performance: 9/10
Capacity: 9/10
Reliability: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Cost: Not disclosed
Platforms: Parallel and serial ATA. Vendor has not revealed partnerships for management platform.
Bottom Line: With an advantage of 1800 RPMs, 33 percent more than the Momentus, and 80GB more capacity, the Travelstar 7K200 had an easy win in those two areas. However, not having a security suite as an ally put the drive at some disadvantage. No wonder Hitachi won't sell it as a bare unit. Nevertheless, once you set a strong password, this is another drive that won't be easy to crack -- and it will be even more impenetrable when it 's paired with a security software companion

The Bottom Line: Seagate Momentus 5400 FDE.2

Seagate , seagate.com
Overall score: Very Good 8.5/10
Performance: 8/10
Capacity: 8/10
Reliability: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Cost: Costs around US$100 equipped on an US$1,850 ASI laptop
Platforms: SATA drive. Security management suite runs on Windows
Bottom Line: The Momentus had to concede to its Hitachi rival the primacy in capacity and performance, but when security was set, its behavior was irreproachable, both inside the ASI laptop and when exposed to simulated attacks on other machines. The security suite from Wave systems is a perfect match for this security-conscious drive.

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