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Apricorn Aegis Padlock 500 GB USB 2.0 256-bit Encrypted Portable External Hard Drive A25-PL256-500 (Grey)

3.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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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)
  • Mac Compatible
  • USB Powered

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB (256-bit)

Looking for an effortless way to secure your data on the go? Apricorn’s Aegis Padlock Secure USB Drive with 256-bit hardware encryption provides the ultimate in data protection whether at the office, home or on the road. Ideal for workplace environments or business travel, the Aegis Padlock’s easy-to-use keypad and software free, cross compatible design enables you to access the drive with your own unique PIN. Featuring seamless real-time encryption, keeping your data safe even if the hard drive is removed from its enclosure, the Aegis Padlock’s robust, shock mounted design and integrated USB cable is ideal for securing data on the fly. Real-time 256-bit hardware encryption; PIN Access;Integrated USB cable; Shock mounted, portable design; Software free design - Perfect for Corporate deployments; Setup takes just minutes; Compatible with any OS;

Product Information

Capacity:500 GB (256-bit)
Product Dimensions 4.5 x 0.8 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1 pounds
ASIN B002LE8CJE
Item model number A25-PL256-500
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3.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,157 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com January 1, 2009

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Size: 500 GB (256-bit) Verified Purchase
Have tried in the past to utilize USB keys to transport confidential data with various encryption methods. The easier methods required admin rights on the host computers. The IT people at one of the hospitals have made the software impossible to use. The PADLOCK has bypassed this problem very well and with great improvement in read/write speed. Very easy to use and in a form which is convenient to carry. Nicely constructed. Would recommend for physicians where data confidentiality is imperative.
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Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
This drive does work like it says: strong encryption (128 is enough), well-built, and fairly easy to use.

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).
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Size: 500 GB (256-bit) Verified Purchase
I bought one of these less than a year ago and suddenly it quit accepting my user password and the admin password. Same passwords that had been on the device since I first set it up. As a result I lost everything that had not been backed up. With the reliability of disks these days, I am not too conscientious about doing backups so that was quite a bit of data. Usually you have to worry about a disk going bad, but with the Padlock you also get to worry about the Padlock firmware malfunctioning too. Support could not help, and the only recourse was to reset and reformat it.
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.
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Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
I was impressed with this hard drive at first by after 3 weeks the access code wouldn't work because of a product malfunction. Contacted the manufacturer who admitted they have had this same problem in other units. Nothing can be done to access the data. Lost everything! They offered to replace it but I told them forget it, too late now I lost everything I had on it which was quite considerable. I would never buy another one.
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Size: 500 GB (256-bit) Verified Purchase
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. I am always worried about client and opposing party information should my briefcase be lost or stolen, and this device gives me great peace of mind---when it works. I have purchased a few of these so far because they keep breaking. For some reason, every now and then, these guys just stop understanding my password. I use a pretty easy-to-remember six digit password, so it's not me forgetting the password. For some reason, a number of these have just plain stopped working. That said, I like these enough so that I just keep a backup one, and when one stops working, I buy another. If these were just more reliable I would give the product five stars. It relatively easy to operate, and I feel the data is indeed secure. The drive doesn't even show up until I enter my password. So, overall, I like the product when it works.
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Size: 500 GB (256-bit) Verified Purchase
I prefer the Apricon series of portable hard drives because they are lighter and smaller than the competition, and always work with USB power only. The Apricorn Padlock drive is a great addition to collection, because it provides very easy to use protection against someone stealing my data if the drive is lost while traveling. The built-in hardware encryption is a snap to use, and does not slow down data transfer, at least as far as I have been able to determine.
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Size: 500 GB (256-bit) Verified Purchase
I have a lot of files i need to back up like family photos, videos and some music, the reason i got this was to store financial info and also account passwords, i have all my accounts and income info too, at first i just had them on my computer, but i never felt safe just having them there, with this the device wont even register unless you put the pin in first,that way you cant hack into it if you cant access without the password. Peace of mind is what i paid for and that what i got, def worth the investment.
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Size: 1 TB (256-bit) Verified Purchase
I have a number of these drives and just love them. They are a safe, easy way to do offsite backups. I rotate them by day, pop one out, toss it in my purse, pop another in, enter my password and we're up and running. I feel quite secure carrying the data with the hardware encryption. I've gone thru a couple Buffalo external hard drive failures in the past 5 years but not one of the Apricorns have given me any trouble. So when I had to replace the big Buffalo network drive, I went to the Apricorn big brother Aegis Desktop 3TB 256-bit Encryption USB 3 Hard Drive for my next network drive.
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