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Encrypted External Hard Drives

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#1 +Byté



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:24

Hey All,


I have been looking into getting an encrypted external hard drive and have been looking at this one - http://www.amazon.co..._pr_product_top


I just wondered if anyone has tried these before and do they have performance issues due to the encryption?


Thanks :)

#2 Haggis


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:26

I don't know if you realise or not, but that is not a hard drive its just the enclosure for the hard drive


what version of windows 7 do u have as Business and Ultimate have bitlocker for encrypting hard drives



#3 +Nik L

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:38

My old boss had a drive then, when you connected via USB, the computer wouldn't even see it until you typed in a PIN on the keypad on the drive itself.  Entering this PIN served 2 purposes - firstly it allowed the device to be seen, but secondly it authenticated the internal encryption to read/write to the drive.

#4 REM2000


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:43

the best product i have found for encrypting drives, both internal and external is trucrypt.


free/open source and even the fbi can't crack it. The great thing is that it's cross-platform (WindowsXP/7/8, MacOSX and Linux) and is really lightweight, taking up hardly any resources, i use it a lot and can't speak highly enough of it.