Copying of data only under control
If IBM, Toshiba, Intel and Matsushita have their way, free copying of data on one's own hard drive could soon no longer be a matter of course, as they propose to change the technical standard for hard drives. The working group T13 is working on this new version of the ATA or Atapi interface.
In the future, hard disks will provide the prerequisites for content protection measures, so that a copy control mechanism will be introduced for internal storage media that was previously only available for external ones Media such as DVD existed. This should make backup copies impossible if the data is protected. In order to create such a copy, authentication by a central server would be necessary. Such a standard would obviously not be user-friendly.