Once it comes to outer testing drives, secure and straightforward are too often contradictions in the sphere of conditions. That's why, back in the sphere of 2009, we were delighted to discover the Lenovo ThinkPad USB Portable Secure testing Drive, which existing built-in relatively than operating-system- or else software-dependent security—once unlocked via its onboard numeric keypad, it appeared to your processor in the same way as in a minute an alternative USB storage space device, with rebuff software effectiveness to install and rebuff overhead in lieu of its real-time, 128-bit hardware encryption.
At this moment Lenovo has brought with the aim of fine purpose into the 21st century with the Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure testing Drive ($199.99 tell in lieu of 750GB, $169.99 in lieu of 500GB). Though clad in the sphere of the soft-touch black be over of its predecessor (and ThinkPad laptops), the different drive updates the internals with 256-bit AES encryption. It flaunts a earlier USB 3.0 connection. It even adds telephone-style print to the numeric keypad, making it easier to remember your 8- to 16-digit password or else PIN. These advantages, plus dead-simple security, earn it an Editors' carefully selected concur in lieu of secure testing drives.
Design and facial appearance
The ThinkPad Secure testing Drive is a shirt-pocket-sized (0.8 by 3.4 by 4.8 inches), 7-ounce building block with a 12-key keypad—wear-resistant, to escape tipping rancid prying eyes to commonly used keys—and a permanently connected if weak (3-inch) USB 3.0 cable with the aim of fits into a multipurpose slot in the sphere of the unit's area. It comes with a nifty travel purse, which has a pouch on its back to spell the supplied Y cable with the aim of connects the drive to two USB 2.0 ports in lieu of enough power if your PC doesn't be inflicted with a USB 3.0 haven.
In the sphere of everyday surgery, what did you say? Lenovo calls user mode couldn't befall simpler: Link up the drive, enter your password, and press the unlock means. Afterward a only some seconds' delay (just lingering an adequate amount of to take home you wonder if you did it right), the device appears to the operating logic in the same way as a single drive—no messing going on for with encrypted and unencrypted partitions—with 690GB of complimentary interval. It's formatted with NTFS in lieu of Windows, though you can reformat it in lieu of Mac or else Linux.
In the same way as in lieu of prying eyes and would-be snoops, afterward five incorrect password attempts the drive shuts down and have to befall disinterested from and reconnected to the PC to try again. Afterward 25, the drive mane and requires an elaborate reconnection process detailed in the sphere of the user's labor-intensive (a PDF column on the drive); afterward 50, the drive bricks itself, requiring a reset and reformat. Even sooner than at that time, its always-on encryption willpower thwart even a spy who removes the drive from its attachment.
The device ropes up to 10 user passwords plus an administrator password, so multiple users can pass the drive amongst themselves—to bring about at once on a project, in lieu of occasion. Users can swap their passwords, and an administrator can add or else delete passwords or else reset the drive, by entering means combinations guided by an LED with the aim of glows and blinks red, conservational, and blue (as with many products with such LEDs, folks with red/green color loss of sight willpower befall stymied). In the same way as we whispered with the before iteration, administration the drive is rebuff added hard than changing the combination of a briefcase or else lodge safe, though you'll mean to print available and keep the labor-intensive multipurpose in lieu of difficult-to-memorize sequences.
Once you're finished using the drive, relocking it is in the same way as painless in the same way as burning a means. On the other hand, you can predetermine the drive to lock itself afterward five, 10, or else 20 minutes with rebuff data transmission.
The step up to USB 3.0 makes a huge difference in the sphere of the drive's performance. In the sphere of our drag-and-drop test, it transferred a 1.22GB folder in the sphere of a hasty 18 seconds (compared with 43 seconds once connected to USB 2.0 ports or else 52 seconds in lieu of its USB 2.0-equipped predecessor). With the aim of edges the 20-second phase of the USB 3.0-equipped LaCie Rugged Mini ($114.99 keep a record, 3.5 stars), which uses a 7,200-rpm drive versus the Lenovo's 5,400-rpm hardware, but trails the 13 seconds posted by the WiebeTech ToughTech Secure Mini-Q ($189 tell, 4 stars) and its eSATA interface. The Lenovo drive's slice in the sphere of PCMark 7's storage space test was 1,459.
Of flow, solid-state drives are earlier still, in the same way as made known by our Editors' carefully selected Apricorn Aegis security device Pro SSD ($759 tell, 4.5 stars), an alternative numeric-keypad-equipped secure outer drive—the eSATA-based Aegis SSD finished our drag-and-drop test in the sphere of in a minute 8 seconds. SSDs are additionally added opposed to to the bumps and jolts of travel than rotating testing drives; Lenovo boasts with the aim of the ThinkPad drive facial appearance a 16-point omnidirectional shock-mounting logic, but it makes rebuff pretentiousness of being drop-proof or else torture-testable like the Editors' carefully selected ioSafe Rugged Portable SSD ($499 keep a record, 4.5 stars).
In contradiction of with the aim of, in the sphere of set, rotating testing drives are a set added reasonably priced than SSDs—the 750GB Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure testing Drive comes to 26.7 cents apiece gigabyte, which can't compete with generic, insecure outer drives but is a bargain compared with SSD storage space. Add security that's arguably amusing, and the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure testing Drive may well befall the greatest balance of performance and price in lieu of privacy-minded storage space seekers. In a minute in the same way as the Apricorn Aegis does in lieu of secure SSDs, the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure testing Drive earns an Editors' carefully selected in lieu of secure rotating testing drives.