Portable Encrypted USB 3.0 Hard Drive with ultra-secure PIN Access. Now with even bigger capacity HDD - 2TB drive!

Looking for an effortless way to secure your data while taking advantage of lightning fast USB 3.0 speeds? Look no further than the iStorage diskAshur® 3.0, the latest addition to the iStorage family of ultra-secure, easy to use and affordable products. With the same easy-to-use keypad design and software free setup, the iStorage diskAshur 3.0 enables you to access the drive with your own unique pin but now at data transfer speeds of up to 10X faster than USB 2.

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diskAshur | USB 3.0 | 128-bit
diskAshur | USB 3.0 | 256-bit
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Secure access with personalised 6-16 digit PIN Set a self-destruct PIN that when entered deletes all encryption keys and renders all data stored on the drive as inaccessible
Integrated USB 3.0 cable - Data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps (10X faster than USB 2.0) Administration feature allows 1 Admin and up to 5 user PIN codes
Complete security with Real Time 128-bit or 256-bit Military Grade AES Hardware Encryption Auto-lock Feature – diskAshur can be configured to lock after a pre-determined amount of time of your choosing
Encrypts all data on the fly, as fast as any USB3 hard drive Compatibility with any OS - Windows, MAC, Linux, Android, Thin Clients & Embedded Systems
When diskAshur is not connected all data is encrypted Utilises FIPS PUB 197 validated Encryption Algorithm
Easy to install and set up as no software required also NO Admin Rights required Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism
Easy to use – simply drag and drop data to the diskAshur or use with any backup software VTC Technology
Convenience via integrated USB3 cable Wear resistant key pad
BUS powered – no mains power required Includes free travel pouch
Robust, portable and compact design with shock mounting to protect from drops Guaranteed with 2 year warranty

Utilises Military Grade FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm

Featuring your choice of AES-XTS 128 or 256-bit hardware encryption, the IStorage diskAshur seamlessly encrypts all data on the drive in real-time, keeping your data safe even if the hard drive is removed from its enclosure.

Super fast USB 3.0 Connection – Data transfer speeds up to 10X faster than USB 2.0

With a super speed USB 3.0 interface, you can now access your files faster than ever before. The IStorage diskAshur is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports.

Software Free Design – With no admin rights to contend with the IStorage diskAshur is a breeze to implement

With no software installation required for setup or operation and the ability to run on any platform, the IStorage diskAshur provides stress free deployment in corporate environments. The IStorage diskAshur can be configured with independent Admin and User PINs. The Administrator Feature allows enrollment of up to five unique User ID’s and one Administrator. If the User forgets their PIN, the drive can be unlocked using the Admin PIN.

Self Destruct Password

The diskAshur has the ability to set a password that will reset the encryption key if needed. By resetting the encryption key all data on the drive will be lost and cannot be recovered.

Drive Reset Feature

The IStorage diskAshur also employs a useful drive reset feature, which can be implemented with a unique command. This clears all PINs and data, and creates a new randomly generated encryption key, enabling the drive to be reset and redeployed as many times as needed.

Auto-lock Feature

The unattended IStorage diskAshur can be configured to lock after a pre-determined amount of time of your choosing. Ideal for protecting your data when you’re away from your desk.

Data at Rest Protection

All data, PINs, and encryption keys are always encrypted while at rest.

Brute Force Self Destruct Feature

The IStorage diskAshur uses a three pronged approach to protect against a Brute Force attack. The first step is to deny access to the drive until the drive can verify the user PIN. After several incorrect attempts the drive will lock itself, requiring the drive to be plugged in again to input a PIN. This feature blocks automated attempts to enter PIN numbers. Lastly, after a predetermined number of failed PIN entries, the diskAshur assumes it is being attacked and will destroy the encryption key and lock itself, rendering the data useless and requiring a total reset to redeploy the diskAshur.

Wear Resistant Key Pad

Designed with protection in mind, the entire iStorage diskAshur family incorporates ‘wear resistant’ keypads to hide key usage and avoid tipping off a potential hacker to the commonly used keys.

VTC Technology

Protection against hacker attempts doesn’t stop with Brute Force. Incorporated into the IStorage diskAshur’s electronics is IStorage’s Variable Time Circuit (VTC) technology, working to thwart “timing attacks” aimed at accessing the drive by studying the behavior and infiltrating the diskAshur’s electronics.

Compact, Rugged Design – Perfect for taking your data on the road

The iStorage diskAshur’s low powered design is perfect for using with notebooks and taking your data on the road. Perfectly pocketable, the diskAshur’s compact, robust design features a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system and rubberized paint, protecting the drive from drops and knocks. The convenient integrated USB 3.0 cable eliminates the need to carry around cords with you and allows you to be connected at the flick of a fingertip.

Technical Specifications
Data Transfer Rates USB 3.0 - up to 5 Gbps
Power Supply Bus powered
Interface USB 3.0 - backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1
Buffer Size 8MB
RPM 5400
Average seek time 12 ms
Shock - non operating 1000G 1ms
Shock - operating 300G 2ms
Dimensions & weight 120mm X 84.5mm X 19mm (4.7" X 3.3" X 0.75") weight: 176 grams
Warranty 2 year limited
Approvals FCC & CE
Operating System Compatibility Compatible with all Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac,Linux, Android, Thin Clients & Embedded Systems
Ordering Information iStorage Part Number: IS-DG3-128-xxxx (or) IS-DG3-256-xxxx (xxxx=drive size in GBs)
*One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.

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TWeb.co.za reviews the diskAshur and says “I would recommend the device to any business that has sensitive data that needs to be protected.”
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ITPRO reviews the diskAshur 3.0 and says "A portable hard drive with built in cable and 256-bit encryption makes this device ideal for storing confidential information"
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"The diskG* from iStorage takes a belts and braces approach to data security.
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TIMESONLINE "Gadget of the week"
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The Daily Mail Online
"The iStorage diskG* could provide the answer on how best to transport sensitive data in the most secure way possible."
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"a secure storage system if you want the advantages SSD has to offer"
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"the pull of the diskG* is its admirable simplicity."
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May 2010 - The Sunday Post (Gadgets up close)
"...the diskG* is little short of a godsend"
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We strongly recommend that you carefully read this User Manual, shipped with the device or available for download on our website before contacting us for technical support.

There are no 'Back Doors' to our products, we cannot retrieve a forgotten PIN or retrieve any data off the drives unless the PIN is known.
Below are answers for the most frequently asked questions:

How do I use the diskAshur drive for the first time?

The diskAshur drive comes with a default PIN CODE which will unlock the device for the first time, allowing the user to create their own unique User and Admin PIN.

To access the diskAshur enter 123456 and the Padlock key, You can use the default PIN (123456) to enter the ADMIN Mode Hold 0 + Padlock for 5 seconds, slow red flashing light and then you are able to change the ADMIN Password or create a USER Password.

What can I do if I forget the User PIN code??

Use your Admin Password to enter Admin Mode, and then create another User Password in Admin Mode.

What can I do if I forget the Admin Password?

There is no other way to retrieve the Admin Password except a complete reset of the iStorage diskAshur. After a complete reset, all data will be lost and you will need to initialize, allocate and format the iStorage diskAshur manually. Then you will be able to use the default Admin Password 123456.

Why did the OS not recognise the diskAshur after the complete reset
and after I enter the User mode?

You need to initialize, allocate and format the diskAshur drive manually. For more information, refer to "Initializing and formatting the Hard Drive after a complete reset" in the product manual.

Can I initialise and format the diskAshur with a standard windows user account?

No, this is a Windows limitation, you must use the Admin account to initialize and format the iStorage diskAshur.

Do I require admin rights for the diskAshur to work?

No, since the iStorage diskAshur does not require any software to be installed and the encryption/decryption is performed in Hardware on the drive itself, “Admin Rights” are not required.

I'm getting a continuously flashing red light - what is wrong??

You have entered an incorrect pin too many times and have triggered the brute force attack protection; you can reset this counter by referring to the `Brute Force Attack Protection` section of the diskAshur manual. When trying again ensure you are using the correct pin as too many lockouts are irreversible.

My diskAshur drive locks for no reason when connected to my computer
whilst I am using it - What is causing this?

The issue you are having is being caused by power saving settings on your PC or Laptop so please see below and make the appropriate changes to your computer and this will stop the diskAshur from locking as when your computer is power saving it switches off data to the USB ports and our products see that as `Disconnect` and are designed to lock when this is detected.

Microsoft Windows

Doing the following will prevent Windows from switching off the diskAshur, go to `Control Panel` & `Power Options` , the easier option is to disable power saving which means stopping the computer from `Sleeping` see below;

In addition go into Advanced Settings in Power Option to disable the following:

  • Ensure the computer is set to sleep: Never (as above)
  • Turn off hard disk after: 999999 Minutes
  • USB selective suspend setting: Disabled

This will keep any iStorage hard drive connected to the computer continuously on.

Note: For Windows 8.1 users You will need to install a Windows update (KB2919355) as well as follow the steps above. Please go to this link and choose Method 2: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2919355.
Once the download option appears select KB2919355 and then download and install.

For more detailed information and required fix please go to our support page, under the tab Firmware Updates and download Win8.1 USB suspend issue folder.

Apple Mac

Drives keep locking after 5-10 minutes on the Macs.
This will be due the Mac’s power saving as there is a setting to switch off hard drives that are idle after a fix period of time see below.

The settings in Energy Saver preferences affect what happens when your Mac is left unattended for a period of time that you specify.

Disable Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible to prevent the diskAshur going to sleep and not locking. You will also need to stop the computer sleeping to prevent the diskAshur from locking.

My iStorage diskAshur locks when my computer sleeps/hibernates.
How can I stop this?

The only way to prevent this is by changing the power settings (Windows computers) of the computer so that it only switches of the monitor on hibernation/sleep and keeps power to hard drives and USB. On Apple MAC computers going to the power settings in `System Preferences` and clicking the do not suspend USB will keep the drive alive even if the MAC goes into full hibernation.

The iStorage diskAshur will not power on when connected to the computer.

This only happens when the computer cannot provide enough power from the USB port to power the drive. This issue only appears on much older computers and/or imbedded systems like USB enabled medical equipment. It can be resolved by either trying all the USB ports on the computer or system as some ports can have less power than others or failing that use the supplied USB Y-Power cable supplied with all iStorage drives to ensure the correct power.

I want to use my diskAshur drive with different operating systems. How can I do that?

To make the iStorage diskAshur drives universally compatible with all the most common Operating Systems and embedded systems like USB enabled medical equipment requires the drive to be formatted using the FAT file system. This is done by using Disk Management in Windows and Disk Utility on MAC OS/x or MKFS in Linux.

E-mail correspondence support@istorage-uk.com Telephone support with our Technical Support Department on +44 (0) 20 8991-6260. iStorage’s Technical Support Specialists are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. GMT - Monday through Friday.

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