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Improving energy efficiency of security-aware storage systems is challenging, because security and energy efficiency are often two conflicting goals. The first step toward making the best tradeoffs between high security and energy efficiency is to profile encryption algorithms to decide if storage systems would be able to produce energy savings for security mechanisms. We are focused on encryption algorithms rather than other types of security services, because encryption algorithms are usually computation-intensive. In this study, we used the XySSL libraries and profiled operations of several test problems using Conky - a lightweight system monitor that is highly configurable. Using our profiling techniques we concluded that although 3DES is much slower than AES encryption,it more likely to save energy in security-aware storage systems using 3DES than AES. The CPU is the bottleneck in 3DES, allowing us to take advantage of dynamic power management schemes to conserve energy at the disk level.After profiling several hash functions, we noticed that the CPU is not the bottleneck for any of these functions,indicating that it is difficult to leverage the dynamic power management technique to conserve energy of a single disk where hash functions are implemented for integrity checking.