Term: SED [Self-Encrypting Drive]

SED is an acronym for Self-Encrypting Drive.

As the name implies, an SED includes encryption technology in the hardware. Exactly how passwords or other authentication works to “unlock” and gain access to a self-encrypting drive will vary. Once unlocked and mounted, encryption and decryption occurs transparently.

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