EncryptEase Hybrid Media

Physically, the EncryptEase media looks like a regular CD-R with its label side showing some standard graphics as we see in the image below.


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On the flipside, or the actual writeable side of the media, we see that there has already been some data written to the beginning of the disc. This first, stamped track holds the runtime application and driver that will support the compression and encryption process. This is what makes Ricoh's hybrid disc, which unites a CD-ROM section that contains the runtime application suite with a writeable CD-R/RW section; CD-R in this case.


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The rest of the media is blank and amounts to about 600MB of free space. This free disc space can be utilized by 1 or more sessions, depending on how much data the user writes to it each time. Each session can then be password-protected as we will see when we look at the software. The maximum rated speed for the EncryptEase media is 40x. These details as well as the system requirements are shown below.

Ricoh EncryptEase System Requirements and Recommendations
OS: Windows 98SE/Me
Windows 2000 Professional SP4
Windows XP Home/Professional SP1/SP2
CPU/Memory: Windows 98SE/Me 150MHz or higher, 64MB or more
Windows 2000 133MHz or higher, 128MB or more
Windows XP 300MHz or higher, 128MB or more
HDD: Encryption (write) Free capacity of 1.5GB or more
Decryption (read) Free capacity of 800MB or more
* When you try to encrypt (write) data to the disc, its free capacity must be at least about twice the size of the data.
Drive: Any drive that supports CD-R disc write and read operations
* Note that you cannot use an NEC ND-5100A.
Recording capacity: 600MB
Write Speed: 40x Max
*Data from Ricoh EncryptEase Disc Specification at http://www.ricoh.com
Unfortunately, we did not have any older systems with which to test the media, but we can assure everyone that the EncryptEase software works well under Windows 2000/XP. We worked with the media on our Plextor PX-740A, NEC's ND-3540, and Pioneer's DVR-110D successfully to give everyone a good idea of compatibility across chipsets.

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  • MercenaryForHire - Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - link

    No crossplatform support, extra driver layers for the optical drives, questionable burning software, and no specified or controllable encryption level. Oh boy, where do I sign up?

    I'll stick with RAR+PAR2 thanks. If it's good enough for the warez "industry" it's good enough for me.

    - M4H
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  • VirtualLarry - Sunday, February 19, 2006 - link

    Glad to see I'm not the only one using that solution.. I've had "bad things happen" writing precious data, especially to CD-RWs. PAR2 can be a life-saver.

    I want to know something though.. instead of a windows-only solution such as Ricoh's - why not mass produce recordable media with a per-disc mfg-unique serial number, perhaps on a bar code imprinted on the inner ring (like GameCube discs have). That would allow, in conjunction with an additional program and key, per-media unique encryption keys. Treat the barcode data like a salt, or use it much like MS's EFS uses per-file keys, derived from some master passphrase (not stored on the media). Wouldn't that make more sense? And please... on CD-Rs? Prehistoric tech these days, for bulk optical data storage.
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  • NeonAura - Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - link

    On pages one and five, you say "let's" us do something, etc. In English, the apostraphe indicates a contraction. For example, let's means let us. If you mean lets as in to allow, you say "lets" instead of "let's." A good example: This operation lets us enter the main menu. Please do fix. Thanks. Reply
  • Questar - Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - link

    Maybe I'm just stupid, but I found the article very difficult to read. The grammer throughout the article is bad. Reply
  • kmmatney - Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - link

    Please shut down the Anandtech web site until all grammatical and spelling errors have been fixed. Reply
  • Phiro - Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - link

    Since the speeling and the grammar police are in full force, I will chime in that the article was abit tough to read quickly - the English was abit stilted and the thought processes behind them were a little tough to discern. It also read abit too much like a brochure from Ricoh, and the screenshots were waaay over the top.

    Also, why would Anandtech be working with Ricoh to bring us the latest in this type of news?

    Isn't that just the weirdest thing to say and/or expect from a website like this?
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  • PuravSanghani - Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - link

    Thank you for letting us know. "Lets" go ahead and fix the error, shall we? Reply
  • NeonAura - Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - link

    You'd use "let's" in that situation. Learn your grammar, son! Reply
  • NeonAura - Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - link

    For info, I know that was a joke :P Reply
  • JonB - Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - link

    This is aimed at managers and supervisors and directors of companies. They have data that they think should be protected before sending through the mail. Keep in mind, these people are just now getting computers with burners on their desktop or laptop. They only learned how to burn a CD six months ago and they don't care how much a CD costs, just that they can get one from the supply cabinet when needed.

    If this is marketed properly in trade journals, they'll sell millions. This is encryption for dummies.
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