Feeds
65%
Origin DataLocker

Data Locker 1TB AES-encrypted external hard drive

Lock up your datas...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The Data Locker ships with as an NTFS drive, and it was tested with CrystalDiskMark 2.2 as such. It showed slightly better read performance, slightly worse write performance than other 2.5in external hard drives reviewed of late. Random write performance was particularly poor - an effect of the on-the-fly encryption, presumably - but that's unlikely to trouble you if you're using the drive to archive data, which is what it's for.

CrystalDiskMark 2.2 Results

Origin DataLocker
Origin DataLocker

Data transfer speeds in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)
Longer bars are better

Security doesn't come cheap: the 1TB Data Locker Enterprise will set you back £551, with 750GB, 500GB and 320GB models coming in at £422, £351 and £293, respectively. Settle for 128-bit encryption and you'll pay £469 (1TB), £351 (750GB), £281 (500GB) or £212 (320GB). That's a mark up of £300-400 for the encryption over a standard 2.5in, 1TB external hard drive that you can encrypt for free using the open source AES-256 utility TrueCrypt.

Verdict

Whether you think that's a premium worth paying will depend entirely on your degree of paranoia, or the importance of the data you plan to store on the drive. Data security is good - just ask anyone who has lost a Ministry of Defence laptop - but the Data Locker seems a tad overpriced. ®

More External Storage Reviews

Buffalo
MicroStation
WD
My Book
USB 3.0
IoSafe
Solo
Freecom
Secure

The essential guide to IT transformation

65%
Origin DataLocker

Data Locker 1TB AES-encrypted external hard drive

Expensive but highly secure and password-protected external hard drive.
Price: £551 RRP

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls
Filing suggests handset with display strips
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.