New disk encryption standards could complicate data recovery

When the world’s largest disk-makers joined last week to announce a single standard for encrypting disk drives, the move raised questions among users about how to deal with full-disk encryption once it’s native on all laptop or desktop computers. For example, what happens if a user loses a password – essentially leaving the drive filled with data that can no longer be unencrypted? Or what if a drive becomes corrupted or damaged, the data has to be recovered by a third party – and your password is on the drive?

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