Hard Disk Image Delivery
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-01
Disclosed is a method enables securely restoring the hard disk image to the remote central data sever through the Internet. Hard disk image backup software tools, such as Rapid Restore* PC, now became very popular and are widely being used by PC end users to protect the data stored in the hard disk drive. However, in case the hard disk drive got a physical damage and the back up data was in the drive, user can not restore the data. End user go into big trouble especially when this happens while he is on the trip.
Hard Disk Image Delivery Disclosed is a method enables securely restoring the hard disk image to the remote central data sever through the Internet.
The Figure 1 described the how the service work.
The user who enrolled to this service, send the back up image file to the remote central server through internet. The data center stores the back up image.
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In case the user's hard disk is damaged, while the user is on the trip for example, the user call to the data center and inform of it.
The data center will restore the back up image to the new hard disk drive in stock, and deliver the hard disk drive to the user.
NEW HDD with backup image
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<Protect the hard disk image by public key.>
When the user send the hard disk image file to the data center, the data can be encrypted by the Public key for the user.
The user can decrypt the encrypted image with the" secret key", stored in the hard drive of the PC, when restore the data.
However, in case the hard disk drive is physical damaged, the user loose the secret key, thus can not decrypt the image anymore.
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Disclosed method resolve this problem by utilizing the "security chip" which stores the secret key in the hardware.
Figure 4 describes how the method work.
The back up file is encrypted by the public key (in green). The...