Linux, Unix and Other OSes

The Drive Trust Alliance Open Source provides TCG Opal SED Solutions for Linux.  We would like to know of other Linux open source solutions.

Even the WD proprietary USB SED devices native Linux can be supported.  Here is how:

  1. Using WD Hardware Encrypted password-locked USB SED drives in Linux. Here is how to do it.
  2. Connect hard drive to Linux PC/Laptop.
  3. Run a Windows virtual machine (e.g., XP) using VMWare or another virtual machine player.
  4. In the VM player menu, connect the WD USB drive to to Windows.
  5. In the VM, it will show the WD unlock dialog.
  6. Enter password, then the encrypted drive appears inside the VM. My Computer.
  7. Using VMWare player menu, disconnect the drive from Windows.
  8. The drive automatically mounts in Linux as a regular drive.

This should work just as well on any OS with most VMs. What happens is that a password locked drive first shows a CD/DVD ROM mounted with the software appropriate to the OS (Windows or MAC) and once you connect it to the Windows VM, it runs that software to unlock the drive. Once unlocked, it also shows the full disk as a separate drive which is recognized by boot OS as a regular drive.
If someone can reverse engineer the unlock.exe that comes with the drive and write equavalent utility or write a wrapper around unlock.exe then we can use it in Linux and contribute that to our Open Source movement, we would appreciate it.

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