If you are someone who is in need of secure flash drives then you know how expensive they can be. Having to pay at least $7 per gigabyte can really take its toll on you financially and is leading consumers to seek out more cost-effective options. That is why Lenovo has developed the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive.
The ThinkPad USb 3.0 Secure Hard Drive will run you $200, which gets you 750GB of secure storage. For a price comparison, that is roughly 4GB per $1. In addition to that, you get PIN-pad security, making the whole deal a lot more affordable than secure flash drives.
The ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive is, as its name implies, a USB 3.0 device, which means that it is faster than most flash drives on the market which are only USB 2.0. The device itself measures 2.5″, so it isn’t as portable or rugged as the flash drives, though it is still a really good deal, especially if capacity is more important than portability.
Even though this device isn’t FIPS 140-2 certified, it is sealed against intrusion and is in a chassis that is lightly ruggedized. This device also uses 256-bit AES encryption integrated into the drive controller and is software-free, meaning you don’t have to fuss with annoying installation processes and such.
To unlock your data, simply use the keypad located on the top of the unit. The keypad is faster and more convenient than waiting for software to launch and also makes your unit more compatible with any operating system or device. You can use it on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux or any other operating system that you desire.
Overall the Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive seems to perform pretty well, which could largely be attributed to the device’s USB 3.0 interface. In one test the hard drive was able to write a 10GB mix of small files and folders at 39.4MBps and read it at 64.3MBps. This performance jumped to 89.2MBps and 99.7MBps with a single large file.
Considering the fact that there are no USB 3.0 secure flash drives available right now, the Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive is definitely the fastest option on the market. The device itself features a connected USB cable that cannot be disconnected, though Lenovo does include a USB Y-cable so you can use the hard drive with underpowered USB 2.0 ports.
Source: Computer World – Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive: A High-Flying Performer