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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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- Pin code Access
- Real time 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption
- Solid State Drive
- Protects Data to the Secret Document Level
- Software Free Design
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- Brand Name: Apricorn
- Model Number: A25-PLe256-S128
- Hard Disk Size: 128.0 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 3 Year
- Hard Disk Description: Portable
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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 16 months ago by Sparky
I already had one and got this one for my daughter to use in college.Published 17 months ago by Gary A. Griswell
I work with these drives on a pretty regular basis. We are only able to use encrypted drives with our business computers and this is the favored brand due to the hardware... Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Brian Longo
I need a secure storage for my data and this is why I chose this Padlock Pro. The shipping was fast and satisfying. However the configuration steps are not user friendly. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by kkven
I ordered and paid for the eSata version of the Apricorn Aegis Padlock Pro (solid state) but received the USB version instead. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by TomMcK
This item is a dud. Although not a model of clarity, the description of the set-up procedure seems simple enough. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Roswell P Angier
I bought this as a backup for my wife's Macbook Pro and iMac. It has worked flawlessly to date. Setup was exactly as described in the directions that came with the hard drive. Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by NMSUAggies
The Good. Lots of encrypted storage. Convenient passcode entry.
The Bad, as the other user mentions no eSATA access at all. Read more