[CentOS] Dell 120 GB 5400 RPM Encrypted Serial ATA Hard Drive
rkampen at kampensonline.com
Thu Mar 26 21:04:06 UTC 2009
> Agile Aspect wrote:
>> Hi - I've been asked to re-partition a
>> Dell 120 GB 5400 RPM Encrypted Serial ATA Hard Drive
>> and install CentOS 5 on the new partition.
>> It's a Dell Lattitude E5400 laptop.
>> Is this even possible with encrypted drives?
> How is it encrypted? Some new laptops come with drive encryption
> built into the hardware which I believe is totally transparent
> to the OS, sample device:
> Looking at this:
> The drive they have seems similar, so I would expect
> re-partitioning to work fine, though of course backup any
> important data before trying.
Excuse a really dumb question, how does this provide me with security?
I assume it still uses the normal SATA interface and thus the OS writes
to the drive as normal, but now it is encrypted onto the physical
media..... so now I steal the laptop, or just the physical drive, plug
it into my SATA controller and voila read all the encrypted data off the
I am obviously missing something - there must be a key somewhere off the
drive for this to work as a securely encrypted system.
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