Reading really old email, but have new information to add. On Wed, Oct 03, 2007 at 02:15:38PM +1000, Daniel Carosone wrote: Speculation: the drive always encrypts the platters with a (fixed) AES key, obviating the need to track which sectors are encrypted or not. Setting the drive password
http://www.matasano.com/log/1749/typing-the-letters-a-e-s-into-your-code-youre-doing-it-wrong/ Towards the end of this rather offbeat blog post they describe a rather clever attack which is possible when the application provides error messages (i.e. is an error oracle) for PKCS7 padding in e.g.