[unisog] Laptop Hard Drive Password

Goverts IV, Paul pgoverts at sjfc.edu
Mon Jul 11 13:54:47 GMT 2005

Actually it is a feature available on many recent ATA drives, and is a
part of the ATA spec itself.  Here is a link to an article with some
more information on the specifics of it:


Hope this helps!


Paul Goverts IV
Computer Services
St. John Fisher College
Rochester, NY 14618

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Gordon Shay
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Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 11:51 AM
To: UNIversity Security Operations Group
Subject: Re: [unisog] Laptop Hard Drive Password

My Dell Latitude C400 has this feature.  I dont know the specifics,  
but if you have that drive attached to ANY system regardless of if it  
will be booting form it or not an incorrect password renders the  
drive useless.

Ryan Dorman, CCNA
Network Communications Specialist
Millersville University
Ryan.Dorman at millersville.edu

On Jul 7, 2005, at 12:52 PM, Michael Holstein wrote:

> (snip)
>> ... I am not personally aware any harddrive that have password
>> protection built into them (although they may exists).
> ... many of IBM's new ThinkPads have this feature (actually HDD
> encryption, with keys stored on their embedded chip).
> http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/pdf/educate_2_ess.pdf
> Cheers,
> Michael Holstein CISSP GCIA
> Cleveland State University
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