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SanDisk launches self-encrypting SSD line in 2.5-inch, M2 sizes

updated 03:27 pm EDT, Tue May 13, 2014

Drive uses hardware-level AES 256-bit, is FIPS 197 certified

Storage company SanDisk today announced the availability of the company's first, self-encrypting solid state drive -- the SanDisk X300s SSD. The drive, available in M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors uses Microsoft Encrypted Hard Drive hardware-based encryption, coupled with a new SSD administration dashboard to secure user data and maximize performance.

The drive utilizes an AES 256-bit FIPS 197 certified hardware crypto engine to enable full-disk encryption without the performance penalty experienced by the use of software-based encryption. It is built to be compatible with TCG Opal 2.0 and Microsoft Encrypted Hard Drive and is compliant with industry-standard security specifications including IEEE 1667. Additionally, it features advanced power management with DEVSLP low-power mode, enabling Microsoft InstantGo.

The SanDisk X300s SSD will be available in June through the SanDisk Commercial Business Channel in two form factors, 2.5-inch 7mm and M.2 2280 single-sided, with capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Capacities up to 512GB will be supported on the M.2 2280 single-sided design form factor.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    Why would I buy a SSD for a Mac that uses Microsoft disk encryption software? Give me a break.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    But it's HARDWARE using MS's algorithms!

  1. davidlfoster

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-06-05

    Who would possibly trust ANY encryption from Microsoft (aka NSA lackey)?

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    This drive does not use "Microsoft disk encryption software."

    *Compatible with* and *uses* are two completely different things.

    AES 256-bit FIPS 197 is a well-known, cross-platform, secure encryption standard that will remain secure for the next 4 or 5 years or so.

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