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Full Disk Encryption

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Full Disk Encryption or Whole Disk Encryption is a phrase that was coined by Seagate to describe their encrypting hard drive. Under such a system, the entire contents of a hard drive are encrypted. This is different from Full Volume Encryption where only certain partitions are encrypted.

Some examples of full disk encryption:

Hardware Solutions

Seagate FDE
Network Appliance (Decru) (NetApps DataFort) (Decru Lifetime key Management) (Decru white paper)
Jetico BestCrypt
Securstar driveCrypt DriveCrypt 4.20 - 1344Bit Hard Disk Encryption
Eracom Technology DiskProtect
Hitachi Bulk Data Encryption$file/bulk_encryption_white_paper.pdf

Software Solutions

Part of Windows Vista that uses AES 128 or 256 bit encryption
Transparent file system and swap encryption for Linux using the Linux 2.6 device mapper. Supports various ciphers and LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup).
Transparent file system and swap encryption for Linux using the loopback device and AES.
SafeGuard Easy
Certified according to Common Criteria EAL3 and FIPS 140-2
Encryption algorithms supported: AES (128 and 256 bit) and IDEA (128 bit)
Provides complete hard drive encryption including the boot disk.