We’ve looked at laptop security several times – it’s a critical issue of those who are mobile with our (or our clients’) critical data. CMS Products is out with another solution in this area: the EasyEncrypt Upgrade Kit. CMS has been making drives with hardware-based AES encryption for a while now; this kit makes it possible to get one of their drives into your laptop without losing data.
The basic idea is simple: they send you a drive, enclosure, and software. You use the software to clone your old drive on to the new one, encrypting it in the process. Then you put the new one in your computer, and mount the old one in the enclosure, giving you extra storage for low-risk files. The whole kit costs $299 with a 160GB 2.5″ drive, and is available for Windows only.