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LaCie's SAFE With Biometric Control Access

LaCie introduced a new version of its biometric access hard drive: SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with new DES or Triple-DES hardware encryption in 40GB, 80GB and 120GB capacity. Drives are 4200rpm (120GB) or 5400rpm (40GB/80GB) with 8MB cache. The new encrypted model allows people to choose between different levels of security depending on their needs. Fingerprint authentication grants access to the drive. Compact SAFE drive casing is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket or bag.

As said above, LaCie SAFE HDD employ hardware encryption in addition to biometric access technology. Data stored on the drive can be encoded in either DES (56-bits key) or Triple-DES (128-bits key) mode. The encryption key depends on a 24-character pass phrase stored onboard. Up to five different users can be registered with customized access privileges such as read/write or read-only.

Non-encrypted versions, called LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drives, are also available for people who simply need protection of their professional information at work, to safeguard files while on the road, and for parental control at home. These drives are accessed by fingerprint authentication but do not include hardware encryption.

LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drives with Encryption will be available immediately for pre-order via the LaCie Store and through LaCie's specialized dealer network in December 2005 at the suggested retail prices below:

  • 40GB model - $219.99
  • 80GB model - $269.99
  • 120GB model - $399.99

Source: LaCie

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