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This article at Slashddot explains more about the backdoors if you aren’t familiar with the issue. I would think that it could dissuade some purchasers from HP’s storage devices, especially those most concerned about data integrity. I’m not really sure why HP decided to do this, in particular with enterprise storage, where there is the highest level of concern. Well, I guess it probably makes things easier for HP support, but is that really a good justification for a potentially compromising backdoor? Not to me. I would expect that now that attention is being paid to this, and I don’t know anyone who would view this as a good decision by HP, the company may reconsider this practice.