Toshiba has announced that it has a new hard drive to add to its line of internal storage products. The new hard drive is a self-encrypting unit that is validated to US Federal Information Processing Standards. That means that the drive is secure enough to use with sensitive government documents.
The new drive is a thin-type HDD in the MQ01ABUxxxBW series. The drives are 7mm thick making the appropriate for use in mobile devices. They can be had with up to 500GB of storage capacity. The drive is also available in a 320GB version as well.
Both versions of the HDD use a NIST certified cryptographic module allowing them to meet federal standards. Toshiba also includes an Enhanced Secure Cryptographic Erase function. The FIPS certified cryptographic module of the drive also has tamper-evident labeling for more security.
That helps the drives be validated to Level 2 of the FIPS 140-2 standard. One big benefit of self-encrypting drives like this is that they are able to encrypt data at the drives full hardware interface speed. Encrypting with software as data is written to a drive can slow things up. The drives are shipping now and pricing is unannounced.