Self-encrypting hard drives are a bright idea, allowing you to back up data safe in the knowledge that nobody else can sift through it. Unless, that is, the encryption system is easy to crack — which a new security study had found can be the case.
The season of the 1TB bus-powered USB drive is upon us. WD was first; now Seagate is shipping the FreeAgent Go, a chunky SOB—three platters worth of storage powered and connected by one skinny cable.
Western Digital's new line of hard drives have the expected upgrades (higher capacity, smaller size) but also feature tough-as-nails hardware security and incremental backups.
Today Western Digital introduced its newly redesigned My Passport Essential drives, in capacities of 160, 250 and 320GB, that last one priced at a very pleasant $200. The shiny bus-powered drives don't pack anything unusual, but they do come with WD Sync for easy Windows backup and 128-bit encryption. [WD]