07003674 is referenced by 161 patents and cites 42 patents.

A disk drive is disclosed comprising a disk for storing data, the disk comprising a public area for storing plaintext data and a pristine area for storing encrypted data. The disk drive comprises a head for reading the encrypted data from the pristine area of the disk, and a control system for controlling access to the pristine area of the disk. Authentication circuitry within the disk drive is provided for authenticating a request received from an external entity to access the pristine area of the disk and for enabling the control system if the request is authenticated. The disk drive further comprises a secret drive key, and decryption circuitry responsive to the secret drive key, for decrypting the encrypted data stored in the pristine area of the disk.

Disk drive employing a disk with a pristine area for storing encrypted data accessible only by trusted devices or clients to facilitate secure network communications
Application Number
Publication Number
7003674 (B1)
Application Date
July 31, 2000
Publication Date
February 21, 2006
Christopher L Hamlin
Los Gatos
Howard H Sheerin Esq
Western Digital Ventures
G11B 5/09
G11B 3/90
G06F 13/28
G06F 12/14
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