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Apricorn Aegis Padlock Pro 128 GB SSD USB 2.0 and eSATA 256-bit Encrypted Portable External Solid State Drive A25-PLe256-S128 (Black)

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Capacity: 128 GB | Style: Solid State Drive
  • Brand Name: Apricorn
  • Model Number: A25-PLe256-S128
  • Hard Disk Size: 128.0 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 Year
  • Hard Disk Description: Portable
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Product Description

Capacity: 128 GB | Style: Solid State Drive

128 GB Aegis Padlock Pro SSD, Portable USB Solid State Drive with Pin access, 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption and both USB and eSATA Interfaces and cables

Product Information

Capacity:128 GB  |  Style:Solid State Drive
Product Dimensions 4.5 x 0.8 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B003N18ZVY
Item model number A25-PLe256-S128
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3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,625 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com May 19, 2010

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Style Name: Hard driveSize: 640 GB Verified Purchase
I love the Apricorn padlock drive, I have two; one 'regular' 640 and one 'pro' 640.
Both perform with acceptable speeds for an encrypting device.

However, I have never gotten the eSata interface to work reliably. I would be interested to read comments to the contrary. Anyway, here is what I mean by 'unreliable':
* device is recognize just fine.
* device transfers files to-and-fro
* BUT, when I hash the file on the source and destination, they are different. This doesn't happen when using the USB interface. During this test, I transfer ~100GB files.
* this was done on a different machines, with different eSata interfaces, with the same results
* this was done with a different eSata external drive (actually a KingWin ezDock), with success

I can only conclude that the eSata capability is defective in some way. It would be nice because it transfers (albeit with errors) at about twice the speed of USB. But, at least the USB is reliable...

BTW, for those having trouble with getting the eSata to work at all, I use WinXP 32-bit, and I have to plug it in before booting up, with the auxilliary power cord, and have to shut the computer down before removal. I.e. not hot-swapable. Also, I enter my password during the bootup process before it gets to the OS loading. Maybe this helps someone.

Also, for those having trouble 'safely removing' (from USB), make sure that there are no locks on the drive, i.e. no open files or even directories (e.g. no explorer windows, or command prompts). Then you can safely remove. Well, you may have to try more than once to wait for caching to finish writing, but it will happen (this happens even on other drives/thumbdrives). If you don't have the 'safely remove' icon in your tray, you can use
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
to bring up a similar but more detailed UI for removing.
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Style Name: Hard driveSize: 500 GB Verified Purchase
These drives work great. Using hardware encryption is soooo much better than goofy software. We have several of these drives that were made bootable for servicing PCs and we have no problem at all. They only seem to last around 18 months in our daily-use always-being-carried-around environment. That's just the cost of doing business for us. We keep buying them since they work so well. They should last longer for home use. DON'T BUY THE OTHER MODEL WITH INTEGRATED CABLE... Their other model has a USB cable built-in that can't be removed. We had a lot of problems with those not being recognized by some PCs at boot. Additionally, the cable is really short and you have to use a goofy extension cable.
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Style Name: Hard driveSize: 750 GB (256-bit) Verified Purchase
PRO: The Aegis Padlock Pro is a great device for storing large amounts of secure data. The keypad makes it easy to unlock the drive. My computer doesn't have an eSATA connection. However, the USB 2.0 transfers data at a reasonable speed. I moved over 150GB of files from another external drive to this one in only a few minutes.

CON: The drive worked great for a few weeks. Then I accidentally knocked it off the table where it was sitting next to my laptop. The drive never hit the floor because the USB cable caught it. However, it would no longer work. Aegis support offered to replace it. However, I had some very sensitive data on it and could not possibly send it back to them. So, I had to destroy it.
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Style Name: Hard driveSize: 640 GB Verified Purchase
I only have the device for about two weeks.
Although the device appears to be a bit slow, it does a decent job.
I have couple issues with it though.
1 - I have not been able to make it work on the eSata port. It is not recognized at all.
2 - So far, I have NOT been able to eject it gracefully from Windows. Any time I try, I get device busy. I actually have to pull the plug (USB cable). This makes me uncomfortable since the data can be lost. And, when dealing with encrypted data things can get complicated.
3 - The device appears to be a bit slow. I can live with this as long as my data is protected and accessible.
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Style Name: Hard driveSize: 500 GB Verified Purchase
Being a person who had a certain Federal government agency (they watch the President) execute a search and seizure on all my computer equipment last year , it was time to protect myself
from our overzealous US government. I did some rather extensive research online regarding hardware encrypted hard drives , then found the Apricorn Aegis Padlock Pro. Doing some research on their website, comparing the different models and features they offer, I decided to buy the Apricorn Aegis Padlock Pro 500 gigs model. One the unit first arrived , the first thing I thought it looks like a telephone touch pad, something that you would find in a telephone central office. I plugged the unit in a Windows XP Professional machine followed the direction with the default password and was able to access the drive without a problem. However, I had a problem with "safely remove hardware" getting the drive to stop showing in Windows XP Pro. Pulling the cord automatically disabled the unit and then locked it . The next problem was that going through the process of changing the password has to be done slowly, without any distraction (quiet room). I would recommend writing the process down with the new password on a piece of paper , so you get it right on the first attempt otherwise you will miss the 2nd password verification step. It took me three attempt to change the password, but once I got it right the LED changed to solid blue,and I was good to go. I did some transfers of files and thought the drive was rather fast for a encrypted drive . Because the hard drive is powered by the 5 volt USB bus line, it comes with a rather short patch cable.
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