- Mac Compatible
- USB Powered
Apricorn Aegis Padlock 500 GB USB 2.0 256-bit Encrypted Portable External Hard Drive A25-PL256-500 (Grey)
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- Hardware Encrypted Drive - Real-time 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption seamlessly encrypts all data on the drive
- Bus powered - Bus powered from standard USB Port
- Administrator Password feature
- Integrated USB cable
- Worry free 3 year warranty
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Capacity: 500 GB (256-bit)
Top Customer Reviews
Here are the comments that buyers should consider: the drive does not include an owner's manual, which is weird because one exists--I found it online at the company website. It includes a single-sheet instruction for setting passwords. I had no problem doing this, but then became baffled when I was done using the drive and wanted to re-lock it. It seems nobody had bothered to demonstrate this...not the instruction sheet, not the youtube product videos, not even the manual. They go as far as showing you how to unlock and use the drive, but leave it to the user to figure out the rest. There isn't a "lock" button, for example. You have to eject the drive (using the clumsy "eject secure drive" function in Windows, or drag-and-eject in Mac), and then physically unplug the drive USB. when you re-plug it, it's locked (and my Mac responds to the drive every time with the "unrecognized hardware: initialize, eject, or ignore" popup). You could simply eject the drive and leave it physically plugged, too, but again--nobody tells you this. You have to figure it out for yourself.
The drive is moderately fast, but not blazing. It doesn't feel flimsy, and the buttons seem well-constructed (I was worried they'd be cheap and might make drive use clumsy, but they're not).
Bottom line: Be aware that all the data on the Padlock could become inaccessible at any time. I was able to reset it and it is usable again now, but I lost everything that was on it. I will never be able to trust it again.
You have the option to create multiple passwords for different users, so that if you later decide to remove one person (e.g. if an employee leaves a company), you can eliminate that one password while retaining the rest.
The soft case is nice (same as on Apricorn non-encrypted drives). The passcode-entry buttons feel robust, which is just as well, since you're screwed if you can't enter your code. I dropped my drive on the floor and it continued to work.
Price is right, and the device satisfies all my criteria. I bought two, so that I can keep them in separate locations in case of fire or theft.
No utility software is included (such as incremental backup software), but that's fine by me, as I'd rather do it my way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an attorney and am responsible for keeping confidential files. Sometimes I need to take these files with me, and this device is great for doing that. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sparky
Great option to carry or maintain confidential documents. Works exactly as described. Great design.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have a number of these drives and just love them. They are a safe, easy way to do offsite backups. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kathleen
Pros + good keypad
+ simple operation
+ basic operation document included, more documentation available online
+ includes Y cable often needed to give adequate... Read more
And safe. Perfect for keeping your private stuff private. And your business files safe. Very practical piece of equipment for any busy life.Published on August 1, 2013 by Brian Richmond
Just looking through my old Amazon purchases, I see that I had failed to review the Apricorn 500 GB 256-bit encrypted hard drive I purchased in early 2010. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Mike M
I have carried Apricorn products for over 3 years now. I much prefer Hardware encryption to Software systems for interoperability and reliability reasons. (So does NSA). Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This device was PERFECT for what I needed it for! Able to copy large amounts of files and safely transport them anywhere!Published on January 21, 2013 by LSpruill
The Apricorn Padlock drive makes it easy for me to travel with the important data I need for work. It's ease of just plug in and access data after punching in a secure code makes... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by John J. Talarico