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Published on September 17th, 2012 | by Gbemiga


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.

Over­all this a great de­vice for the se­cu­ri­ty con­scious folks and busi­ness trav­el­ers. The 500GB ver­sion can be found on Leno­vo’s web­site for $169 and the 750GB can be found for $199.

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About the Author

In Gbemiga Sodipe's 28 years on this planet, he has lived on every continent but South America and has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He has worked as a Technical Writer for Microsoft in Beijing and as a coupon delivery guy in Springfield, Missouri. He loves books and is partial to Sci-Fi and Nonfiction but if you put any book in front of him his mind will be gone from this world and into the world of the book. Unless of course you put Uncle Toms Cabin or any book by L. Ron Hubbard in front of him, then he will first beat you to a bloody pulp with the book then commit what he considers to be one of his Seven Deadly Sins i.e. burn the book. In fact he for a time considered books much more interesting and less problematic than girls but that was during his early teenage years (ok maybe also every now and then but don’t tell his girlfriend that). Gbemiga speaks English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, understands but can’t speak Yoruba (to his mother’s eternal chagrin, even though it’s her fault) and knows the insults and swear words of 5 other languages (thank you International upbringing).

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