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APRICORN Aegis Padlock 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" Secure 256-bit AES Hardware Encrypted Portable Hard Drive A25-PL256-500

  • USB 2.0
  • 3 years Manufacturer Warranty

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With no software installation required for setup or operation, the Aegis Padlock Secure Drive provides stress free deployment in corporate environments. Its Administrator Feature allows enrollment of up to ten unique user ID’s and one administrator, making it a useful business collaboration tool.

The Aegis Padlock’s low powered design is perfect for using with notebooks and taking your data on the road. Perfectly pocketable, the Aegis Padlock’s compact, robust design features a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system, protecting the drive from drops and knocks. The convenient integrated USB cable eliminates the need to carry around cords with you and allows you to be connected at the flick of a fingertip. With storage capacities up to 500GB - perfect for storing photos, music and video files in addition to work documents, the Aegis Padlock Secure Drive is the ideal hard drive to safely transport your data between work and office, or to add secure additional capacity to your system.

  • newegg High Performance Hard Drive The Apricorn Aegis Padlock is equipped with high performance 5400 RPM hard drives with an 8MB cache. The Apricorn features a total capacity of 500GB.
  • newegg Hardware Encrypted Drive Real-time 256-bit AES encryption seamlessly encrypts all the drive data and you can even take out the drive without worrying about the data security. Thus the hard drive is perfectly suitable for being used by companies dealing with sensitive information.
  • newegg Administrator Password Feature The IT department can utilize the feature to secure their mobile users by allowing administrator access to the drive before being distributed to their mobile users.
  • newegg Extensive Shock Mounting The Extensive Shock Mounting function protects your data from damaging of drops and knocks with a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system.
  • newegg Convenient Ultra-portable Design The ultra-portable casing is designed for you to take it between home and office or on trips securely.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The USB 2.0 interface enables high data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps so you save time while copying or moving data. Support for plug-and-play significantly decreases the need for driver installations.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Elaine K.
  • 6/21/2012 5:36:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic!

Pros: This was my first time buying a product like this (encrypted drive) and I wasn't sure what to expect. I certainly expected the encryption process to make data transfers slow, but this drive is as fast if not faster than other external drives I've used in the past.

I carry the drive everywhere I go in my briefcase. Despite being thrown in the back of my car every day, and enduring the Illinois Tollway several days a week and potholes on local streets, this drive has held up. My laptop has been along for the ride, and I am replacing some parts that have become worn or damaged this year in travels. So I guess you could say this drive has held up better than my IBM ThinkPad.

After 8 months of ownership and daily use, the number pad where the passcode is entered has no signs of wear at all. In fact this drive still looks new. It's the closest to invincible that I've ever seen.

Cons: Only 500GB! :P

Other Thoughts: Mine's almost filled up. I have been very satisfied with the Apricon Aegis product line, and am considering dropping some more $$$ on a 1TB or 2TB model to carry in addition to this one.

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  • charles p.
  • 7/20/2011 11:19:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest hardware encrypted drive I have found

Pros: Reliable, no detectable read/write speed penalty on a USB connection, easy to set up, no driver installation required, versatile admin options included for multiple users (each of which can be separately deleted), and seems secure.

Cons: Short USB cable, about 4 inches, stows neatly in the side of the drive but often requires a (preferably short) extension.

Other Thoughts: For greater security you can of course add PGP or other software-based encryption when saving data via the hardware encryption on the drive.

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  • Brandon C.
  • 12/23/2010 7:40:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt WOrks

Pros: This thing is Awesome and the customer support is awesome. I had one that failed due to the drivers on the USB tip, but all i had to do is call them and they sent out a brand new one for free , all i had to do was send them the defective one with my new egg purchase receipt.

Cons: Price and maybe the USB cable could be longer

Other Thoughts: Good customer service is worth it with warrenty

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  • FUJUN L.
  • 11/12/2010 4:37:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad warranty service

Pros: 256 bit encryption

Cons: There is literally no warranrt service. The drive was totally died after 1 year use. The manual and website don't list how to get warranry service, although it says this drive has 3-years warranty. Tried to contact sales and tech. support several times, but no reply at all.

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  • Kevin O.
  • 5/11/2010 9:53:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Secure Hard Drive

Pros: +256-bit AES Hardware (on-the-fly) encryption
+PC/MAC compatible
+Max Write: 26 MB/s, Max Read: 34 MB/s (Tested in HD Tune)
+Super quiet, portable, doesn't need bulky adapter
+Integrated USB cable
+Includes padded case and USB Y-cable/extender
+6-16 characters for PIN password
+Progressive lockout mode to prevent brute-force attacks

Cons: -Short integrated cable (6 inches)
-Must use Y-cable for low-powered (or older) USB 2.0 ports/controllers
-May not be able to use as a boot device

Other Thoughts: This HD was sooo quiet and had no detectable vibration (just an LED) when I first plugged it in--thought it was DOA, but it was running and transferring so well. I use this to store all my documents and system backups. Just don't use 3rd party USB extenders--your system may not be able to detect the drive after you enter your PIN.

Don't be afraid when your system detects it as an "unrecognizable disk" and tells you it must be "initialized/formatted"--you won't be able to do anything on this drive unless you enter the PIN first--Everything will be accessible when you enter your PIN. A word of caution: Excessive/brute-force attempts will lock you out and will require resetting the entire drive after 100 attempts. Don't worry, though--everything on the drive will be garbage (encrypted) to prevent data theft and any recovery attempts.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/14/2010 10:49:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood security - well made external drives

Pros: Good drive for security - works as advertised. PIN is easy to set and use - ability to have multiple user and admin. Great transfer rates.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Bought three of these - no problems with any of them.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/7/2010 6:44:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

Pros: Great replacement for 320 GB Black Armor that I've been using (which is no longer available except in name). Slightly faster than the BA.
I leave sensitive client data on the encrypted drive and never transfer it to a non-encrypted drive. The visual impression of a keypad encrypted drive is more credible to non-tech-savvy clients.

Cons: The short USB cable. Good enough for laptops and workstations with top-mounted USB ports. For others, I use the black half of the included USB Y-cable.

Other Thoughts: Good bang for buck. I'll probably buy another.

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  • Brad W.
  • 2/4/2010 6:32:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat device

Pros: Works great and exactly as described.

Cons: I have not found one yet unless you do not need the encryption which would not make it worth the money.

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  • Michael M.
  • 12/13/2009 2:43:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertized

Pros: Works well, no software to install, easy to setup PINs. Works with only the single, integrated USB cable; I have not yet needed the Y-adapter. Enclosure is made of plastic but feels solid and well built. Included neoprene case seems well-built.

Cons: USB cable is short, but that's to be inspected since it's built in to the drive. Just something to be aware of if you have to plug in behind the computer; you won't be able to reach the keypad very well.

Other Thoughts: I'm using the Windows Powertoy "SyncToy 2.1" to keep a copy of my hard drive on the Padlock. No issues to date.

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