Encrypted SSDs deliver security and speed
Solid state replacement drives can protect laptop data in case of lost or stolen device
By Tom Henderson | Network World US | Published: 16:23, 23 January 2012
We tested five different 2.5”, SATA-3 replacement drives and found that we could not crack their encryption. We also found that the drives delivered speeds that were up to five times faster than the Hitachi hard drive that came with our Lenovo laptop.
Intel 320 Series
The Intel drive was also in the midrange of our performance testing, which makes it more than twice as fast as the hard drive native to our Lenovo T520. Intel also has some online tools that optimize the drive, and recommends that the tools be run weekly. They take only seconds to run. The Windows-only tool can also Secure-Erase the drive, which re-writes the SSD. The drive costs $500 (£322) and formatted out at 300GB.