PC World reviewers were particularly impressed with the on-board hardware based encryption, which eliminates the need for separate (less secure) encryption software, and the “Secure Key” feature which prevents access the hard drive by requiring a special physical “key”. They also like the heat-dissipating aluminum housing that eliminates the need for an internal fan, allowing the unit to run quiet and cool.
Automatic transparent encryption guarantees user acceptance and enforces compliance with security policies
- Real-time encryption at 1.6Gbit/sec maintains full system performance
- Government-certified DES and TDES algorithms assure high level security
- Encryption key lengths from 40-bit to 128-bit
- Compatible with all IDE hard drives
- SecureDisk (TM) Encrypted Enclosure 2.5 3.5 and 5.25 inch HDD Compatible!
If this drive got into the wrong hands and they didn't have access to the hardware key, and took the internal drive out of this encrypted enclosure and put it into another generic nonencrypted enclosure. Would the unauthorized party be able to access the drive as if the encryption was never there? In other words, (forgive my ignorance on this matter) does the encryption happen at the enclosure level, or the drive level?
A: Encryption Hardware is built inside enclosure and can only be activated via provided Key, so unless the unauthorized party has access to your key they will not be able to see any data at all on this hard drive even if removed and installed into another product.