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ECLYPT Improvement Version 34

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

ViaSat UK are conscious that as new computers keep evolving ECLYPT Encryption has to keep up.

This involves:

  • our customer support team identifying computers that do not work with the current version of ECLYPT Core Drives;
  • our development team fixing the problem(s);
  • our Test Team testing many computers – lent from PC Manufacturers;
  • our accreditation team presenting the revised version to the accreditor,
  • CESG who evaluate every small change for its security implications,
  • conduct penetration testing prior to the improved version being;
  • CAPS Approved ready for HMG release.

Following this process ViaSat UK has released version 34 that allows PCs with AHCI interface to work without any BIOS revisions. The AHCI interface allows Native Command Queuing which increases read and write performance.

ViaSat UK is now supplying version 34, except in Canada where CSE has not yet approved this version or unless you specify otherwise.

For further information just email robert.palmer@viasat.uk.com
Disclaimer: This blog is written by Robert Palmer, an employee of ViaSat UK Ltd, but the views and opinions expressed on this website are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of ViaSat

ECLYPT RAID Installation in Getac B300

Monday, October 24th, 2011

ECLYPT supports software RAID, including Microsoft's built in RAID in Windows 2003 Server.
GETAC B300+ECLYPT Encrypted Drive+ECLYPT Encrypted Drive=RAID 1

ViaSat UK tested and proved this on a Getac B300 where they installed 2 x ECLYPT 120GB Core 600 Drives:

  • Disk0 into the standard drive bay (on right hand side of the B300) and
  • Disk1 in the CD RoM Drive bay caddie adaptor (on left hand side of the B300).
  1. The GETAC B300 BIOS setting: SATA controller was changed to compatibility mode.
  2. Windows Server 2003 was installed on Disk0.
    BIOS update (R1.19.070520d) was loaded and updated using win 98 boot disk.
  3. Downloaded Getac drivers from Web site - as you need to ensure that the Chipset and RAID drivers are installed to enable the ECLYPT Drives to be seen by the Windows operating system.

Upon simulating a Drive failure - by removing Disk0 turning the power back on - and after authenticating the other ECLYPT drive it automatically booted from Disk1, proving that not only
can 2 ECLYPT Drives operate as a RAID 1 but that the RAID 1 recovery also works.