Dailymail Review

13th October 2010

By Liz Neale | Daily Mail
Published: 15:10 13th October 2010
Rating : 4/5


Sometimes it’s not enough to carry data around on a gimmicky USB stick a company PR gave you at a business meeting.

Maybe you’re transferring a seriously large amount of information, or something precious like people’s wedding photographs.

Or perhaps you’re a civil servant for the MoD or MI5 and you don’t exactly want any Tom, Dick or Harry opening up confidential information when you accidentally leave your briefcase on the train.

The iStorage diskG* could provide the answer on how best to transport sensitive data in the most secure way possible.


Ultra secure: The iStorage diskG* can be programmed with a 6 to 16 digit PIN

It’s a hardware encrypted portable hard drive that promises to be ultra secure. The device is certainly easy to carry around – just four-and-a-half by three inches in size and very lightweight.

The diskG* is housed in a robust rubbery casing and comes with a neoprene travel pouch. The USB cable is attached so you won’t lose essential components as you transport it from home to office and back again, and that cable also provides powers, so you don’t need to remember any kind of power adapter to make it work.

Inside there’s a solid state drive so there are no moving parts – and that translates into less worry if you accidentally drop it.

The diskG*’s main attraction is the security features. Users set their own unique 6 to 16 digit PIN and from then on it’s utterly secure. The hard drive would certainly be useful for small businesses who need to share data between offices – and don’t want their top secret company files leaked all over the internet.

It’s easy to operate – even for computer-phobes who run screaming at the thought of anything more complicated than sending an e mail. There’s no software to install and the hard drive is ready to use on a Mac or a PC. The quick start guide is just two brief pages, but if you need to know more the complete user’s manual is pre-loaded on the storage drive – and available on iStorage’s website.

I didn’t have any state secrets which required locking away from prying eyes – but the diskG* easily coped with a few thousand photos which urgently needed backing up and sorting out.

iStorage promise the diskG* is “the world’s most secure, smallest and affordable hard drive.” At £419 for the 256-bit, 128GB model it’s something of an investment, but compares favourably with what’s already on the market. iStorage produce a range of sizes, from £149 for the 128-bit 30GB version to £1,029 for the 256-bit256GB hard drive.

My only concern would be quite how secure it is. As the user guide warns, if you lose or forget your password, there is no way to access the drive. Just remember to write it down in a safe and secure place. (Preferably not on the back of the hard drive.)

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* Previously known as diskGenie