Laptop Hard Drive Encryption Questions
Posted on 2009-03-30
I am using a Dell laptop that comes supplied with a Broadcom Unified Security Hub/TPM and Wave Embassy Security Center softwared. Embassy Security Center includes the Wave Trusted Drive Manager application for encrypting data on the internal hard drive. Details follow:
TDM manages the hardware-based security functions of Trusted Drives. Trusted Drives have data encryption embedded in the drive hardware. This ensures that all data stored on the drive is encrypted all the time. TDM ensures that only authorized users can access encrypted data when drive locking is enabled.
The Trusted Drive security must be initialized to activate drive locking. An uninitialized Trusted Drive functions as a standard ATA drive. When Trusted Drive security is initialized,drive locking can be enabled or disabled. The default state of initialization is drive locking enabled.
1) Can someone who has used this advise whether if I remove the hard drive I can access the data as an external drive on another computer as long as I have the encryption password.
2) Will I be able to take an image of an encrypted hard drive using Acronis True Image Home 2009? Will I be able to restore the image to another hard drive in case of failure of the original encrypted hard drive?
If the answer to the above two questions is No, can someone recommend an alternative for hard drive encryption that will allow me to have full access to the data, ie allow me to access the data when using the hard drive as an external drive and will allow me to backup/restore using Acronis.