Having previously reviewed the Aegis Secure Key 3Z I have been sent the Apricorn Aegis Padlock to try out.

This is a hard drive version, and the model I have been sent is 500GB which retails for £180 in the UK.

Unlike other external drives, this drive has full hardware encryption built into it using 256-bit AES-XTS Military-grade PUB 197 Validated Encryption.

Once set up, you lock and unlock the device using the keypad on the front of the drive. This makes it one of the most secure drives on the market and will be extremely useful for all business but also any consumer wanting to store data that is confidential.

The overall specification includes:

  • Onboard keypad with Wear-Resistant Buttons
  • Hardware-based 256-bit AES-XTS Military-grade PUB 197 Validated Encryption
  • Super Speed USB 3.0 Interface
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports
  • Variable Timing Circuit Technology
  • Software-Free Design; No Admin Rights or Software Updates
  • Interior Electronics Protected by Hardened Epoxy Coating
  • Bus-Powered from Standard USB Port
  • Integrated USB 3.0 Cable
  • Shock and Vibration Resistant
  • 3 Year Warranty

The  Aegis Secure Key 3Z was excellent for transporting relatively small amounts of data around as it was basically a USB thumb drive that came in capacities of 8GB through to 128GB. The Padlock 3.0 is much more suited to securing large amounts of data and comes in sizes from 500GB to 2TB using a hard drive, or 128GB all the way up to 8TB in SSD format. So this drive should be able to store sensitive data for quite large companies while also retaining the portability of the USB-powered hard drive format.  I assume the 8TB version must utilise 2 4TB drives and the $4,779.00 price tag would suggest this is the case.