Many people are constantly looking for a simple way to keep their data safe and fully encrypted. The simple solution to this problem is the Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT. This is a 3.5″ hard drive, built into a high quality, heat dissipating enclosure. It may look soft from afar, but this case feels like it was designed so John P could drive over it with his truck.
Aegis Padlock DT Storage
The Aegis Padlock DT comes in various sizes from 1 TB to 6 TB. The unit we received for review is the 4 TB 256-bit encrypted version. It also comes in a 128-bit encrypted variant. The drive takes a bit longer than other off-the-shelf drives to connect and mount, but the USB 3.0 interface was able to handle the heavy load I put it under where I was capturing information real-time (using about 1.5 GB/Minute). Even after four hours the drive was running smoothly.
Transfer speeds to and from storage devices were impressive. When moving big files to and from my laptop I was able to write to the drive at rates of about 130 MB/s. My laptop was probably the limiting factor.
Encryption and Data Security
This drive is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Validated, which basically means it has been certified for use for the US federal government and military for securing sensitive information. All encryption on this drive is hardware based, meaning no software is necessary to use this drive. This also means compatible with whatever platform the user designates when formatting the disk.
Accessing the drive is simple and the instructions are well written. A PIN must be set for the drive to work the first time. It must be 7-16 digits long and will not allow consecutive numbers or all the same numbers. The drive can handle a total of 5 PINs, 1 admin PIN and 4 user PINs. The drive requires a PIN to be entered before it will mount to a PC.
Don’t worry, your data is safe from prying eyes, the drive does have a self-destruct feature. After multiple attempts the drive will require the USB cable to be disconnected, then reconnected. If no valid pins are used after that the drive will destroy the encryption key and render all information useless. The drive will need to be reset before it can be redeployed. When the drive is not in use it will lock itself. The time for the lockout can be configured by the user.
Prices and Availability
The Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT is available now at online and brick and mortar retailers. Prices at Amazon run from about $200 for the 1 TB capacity to $700 for the 6 TB model.
Overall this drive is the simple solution for users needing encryption and data security without the need for complex software.