Western Digital Launches Security Platform with G-Technology's ArmorLock-Encryped NVMe SSD

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  1. mood

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    Western Digital Launches Security Platform for Portable Storage with G-Technology's ArmorLock-Encrypted NVMe SSD
    September 3, 2020
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/1606...ith-gtechnologys-armorlockencrypted-nvme-ssd-
    Western Digital: Western Digital Sets a New Standard in Data Protection with Ground-Breaking ArmorLock Security Platform
     
  2. Rasheed187

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    Sounds cool, but what I have never understood is the following: on smartphones all data is encrypted automatically, but why has this never been the case with drives on laptops and desktops? Is it because of the size of those SSD/HDD drives, it's simply too much data to encrypt?
     
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    It's probably for support reasons. People would forget their encryption password and lose their data forever. Then they would call the drive manufacturer and complain.
     
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    I didn't even think of that. But you're saying that it should be technically possible to encrypt and decrypt data let's say on a 512GB SSD within a matter of seconds?
     
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    Encryption and decryption would be done on the data that is being accessed in the moment. It would add a little overhead to the I/O process but not a lot. In some cases it is done faster than the drive is capable of reading or writing anyway.
     
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    OK I see. Because when you think about it, most people probably don't encrypt their data on laptops and desktops. I was actually surprised when I learned that on smartphones, data is encrypted automatically. Also weird that BitLocker isn't a standard feature on Win 10 Home.
     
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