Hitachi and Seagate take one giant leap with laptop drive encryption
Rival companies deliver strong, secure drives that don't skimp on performanceFollow @infoworld
Perhaps the most important outcome of my evaluation is that after activating encryption, I did not notice any slowdowns on either drive. Moreover, running the same benchmarks on both drives with and without encryption, I saw no significant differences in terms of performance. This confirmed my impression that neither drive had lost responsiveness; both drives passed the performance tests with reasonable marks.
This is probably the most significant advantage that built-in hardware encryption has over software-based alternatives, and it should remove any excuse for not encrypting sensitive data on laptops.
According to ASI Computer Technologies, adding encryption increased the cost of the laptop by $100, less than 6 percent. Hitachi is not talking price at the moment but I would be very surprised if the additional cost for an encrypted drive would be much different.
With that in mind, getting a laptop with full-drive encryption should be a no-brainer. A handful of dollars is a small premium for insurance against possibly disruptive damage. Easy management such as what the Embassy suite offers will add to that priceless peace of mind.