Published on September 17th, 2012 | by Gbemiga0
Ease and Security: Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive
In this day and age of data portability, there are innumerable stories of data loss- and not the kind that is permanent, but an even more serious type, where files fall into the wrong hands. Whether it’s personal details of customers, company secrets, or even sensitive government information being misplaced on a flash drive, it’s always a risk to store your data in a portable manner. That definitely keeps the security conscious looking for new ways to secure their data, while still being as convenient as possible.
That’s where today’s product comes into play. The Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive is the latest in Lenovo’s line of secure hard drives. We will be reviewing the 500GB model, but Lenovo also makes a 750GB version for those who want a little more capacity. While not fully ruggedized, the device is capable of taking multiple shocks and heavy pressure with limited amount of flexing. The exterior is easy to handle with little chance of slipping away from your grasp. With the help of interior mechanical and electronic shock protection, a rubber bumper around the hard drive and a shock sensor, the device can detect a fall and will protect the hard drive from damage. On the outside of the hard drive is an built-in USB 3.0 cable which means no more traveling to the other side of the country or planet and then realizing you left that connector or adapter at the office. And USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2, so don’t worry if your laptop doesn’t support the newer format- it will work, just at a slower transfer rate.
Also on the outside of the hard drive are the unique keypad and a light that informs you if you’ve gained access. This keypad comes with an administrator password and the capacity for ten unique IDs making it useful for office or other multiple user scenarios. Just make sure you remember your password because if you don’t input the right keycode after a pre-determined number of tries, the encryption key is tossed, the data becomes inaccessible and the drive becomes useless. All that would make this complete would be an audio warning notifying you of self destruction in 5 seconds and then smoke and or sparks appearing after the time had expired. Of course this isn’t Mission: Impossible, so the drive can be re-initialised and used again. but the data previously inside is gone.
While testing out the hard drive, we noticed that it doesn’t come with a certain issue that plagues other secure hard drives and that is the read/transfer speed. On other hard drives read/transfer speeds are the main stumbling blocks to the efficiency of the drive but with the Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 secure hard drive that is no longer an issue. The speed is quite adequate for most users (better than any USB 2.0 hard drive). The hard drive doesn’t come with any bundled software which depending on your tastes might be a good or bad thing, but in the eyes of this reviewer it definitely a good thing that we don’t have to deal with more bloatware. The only downside is that the PIN numbers appear to have a length requirement of between eight and sixteen digits; a lot to remember.