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Long-awaited encrypted Seagate drive ships

Seagate is finally shipping its self-encrypting laptop drive, the Momentus 5400 FDE.2. We first covered the plans around these drives in July 2005, and covered it again last October, when Seagate’s big SNW announcement was that Momentus would ship…in another few months.

Now, just two weeks under the wire of its promised ship date in first quarter 07, we finally have Momentus.

We’ve asked what’s taken so long, but Seagate isn’t talking.

Way back in 2005, when stegasauruses wandered the Earth, HP had yet to pretext and hundreds of fresh data breaches had yet to be reported around the world, Seagate told us they were working on bringing encryption to enterprise drives:

“We feel we have developed a technology that could be applied broadly,” said Mark Pastor, strategic marketing director for Seagate. “We see a lot of resonance in the enterprise space, because there’s a lot of confidential data out there at the enterprise level. This is a good and efficient way of accomplishing the task of encrypting data on drives.”

“You will see FDE [Full Disc Encryption] and other security capabilities and others on enterprise and other products from Seagate, across the spectrum,” according [Seagate’s executive director of global product marketing Henry] Fabian.

There’s still no sign of anything resembling an enterprise drive-level product, and after the wait for Momentus, we aren’t holding our breath.

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