- Hard Drive Comparison
What is diskG SSD?
|Encrypted Solid State Drive with PIN Access|
|The diskG SSD is an ultra-secure, compact and affordable USB 2.0 portable solid state drive, employing PIN code access with military grade 256-bit AES hardware encryption. The diskG SSD can only be accessed using a personalised 6-16 digit PIN, similar to using an ATM.|
|All data stored on the drive is encrypted in real-time, making it as fast and in many cases faster than any non-encrypted USB 2.0 drive.|
|Should the diskG SSD be lost or stolen, the user can rest assured that the data stored on the drive is safe and cannot be accessed by any unauthorised third party, even if the solid state drive is removed from its enclosure.|
Why choose diskG SSD?
|Did you know that millions of flash drives are lost or stolen every year and this figure is rising? Have you ever considered the impact of losing your non-encrypted USB flash drive? Your data would be at the mercy of anyone who stumbles across it.|
|Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)|
|The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) now has the power to fine businesses and government bodies up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act. This includes the loss of an unencrypted USB flash drive that contains client data. The ICO has been very clear in advising businesses and government bodies to encrypt all data that workers access, they also recognise that data which is encrypted and lost or stolen is not vulnerable to compromise.|
|General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)|
|The European Union will soon have the power to fine companies €20 million or 4% of their annual turnover if they are found to be in breach of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The forthcoming legislation compels anyone who holds data on EU Citizens to implement adequate security measures to protect data from loss or theft.|
|Loss of confidential data can have a devastating effect on both businesses and consumers. It could lead to a hefty fine, the downfall of a business, embarrassment, job losses and adverse media attention. The iStorage diskG SSD can protect you against all of this.|
What is the difference between software and hardware encryption?
Why use the iStorage diskG Solid State Drive?
|With no software installation required for setup or operation, the diskG SSD provides stress free deployment in a multitude of environments. Its Administrator feature allows enrolment of up to ten unique user ID’s and one administrator, making it a useful business collaboration tool. The diskG SSD low powered design and virtually indestructible construction is perfect for using with notebooks and taking your data on the road. Extremely portable, the diskG SSD compact, robust design features a convenient integrated USB cable; eliminating the need to carry around cords and allows you to be connected at the flick of a fingertip.|
With storage capacities up to 1TB* It’s perfect for storing that priceless data, whether it be your back-up, documents, photos, music or video files; the diskG SSD is the ideal storage device to safely transport your data between home and office, or wherever life takes you. With the diskG SSD, you know that your data is secure.
* Previously known as diskGenie SSD
- Super resilient and robust portable encrypted Solid State Drive
- Real-time 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption
- Integrated USB 2.0 cable
- Administrator feature - set 1 Admin PIN and up to 4 user PIN passkeys
- Platform independent - Windows, Mac & Linux, Chrome, Android, Thin Clients & Embedded Systems
- The encryption algorithm used in the diskG SSD encryption chip is NIST FIPS PUB 197 Validated
- 3 years warranty
- Secure PIN access via alphanumeric keypad (6-16 digits)
- Brute force hack defence mechanism
- BUS powered
- Software free design - just plug and use also NO Admin Rights required
- Government accredited - the only portable hard drive to have been awarded CESG CCTM
- Available in capacities of up to 1TB
|Easy to use keypad design||Unlock the drive with your own unique 6-16 digit PIN code|
Real-time 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption
|Encrypts 100% of your data in real-time (no speed degradation) and keeps your data safe even if the Solid State drive is removed from the enclosure|
|No software installation||No software required to setup or operate - making it perfect for corporate deployments|
|Administrator feature||Allows enrolment of up to ten unique user ID's and one administrator, making it a useful business collaboration tool|
|Ultra-portable design||Ideal to take between home and the office or on trips|
|Integrated cable||Integrated USB 2.0 cable|
|Low powered design||Bus powered from standard USB port|
|Very rugged for the most demanding applications||Built in Solid State Drive (SSD) with a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system|
|Solid State Drive Capacities||128GB*, 256GB*, 512GB*, 1TB*|
|Plug-n-Play and compatible with any system||No need to power down, just plug and go|
|Secure storage||Excellent for notebook owners, road warriors, government, health care, insurance companies, financial institutions, HR departments and executives with sensitive data|
|Box Contents||diskG SSD with integrated USB cable, Quick Start Guide, USB Y-cable & neoprene travel pouch|
|Data Transfer Rates||USB 2.0 - Up to 480Mbps|
|Power Supply||100% bus powered|
|Interface||USB 2.0- compatible with USB 3.0/1.1|
|Silent||Runs silent and cool with no moving mechanical parts|
|Reliable||Less likely to fail than a standard hard drive|
|Shock resistant||No moving parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions than a hard drive|
|Vibration - non operating||20 G Peak (10-2000Hz)|
|Vibration - operating||2.17 G Peak (7-800 Hz)|
|Storage temperatures||40° C to 85° C|
|Operating temperatures||0° C to 70° C|
|Life expectancy||1 million hours MTBF 128/256/512/1000GB|
|Dimensions & weight||120mm X 84.5mm X 19mm (4.7" X 3.3" X 0.75") weight: 176 grams|
|Warranty||3 years parts and labour|
|Approvals||CESG CCTM, FIPS PUB 197 Validated, FCC, CE, RoHS, WEEE|
|Operating System Compatibility||Compatible with all Operating Systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome, Android, Thin Clients & Embedded Systems|
|Ordering Information||iStorage Part Number: IS-DG-256-SSD-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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|You can use it in one of the following ways:(1) Change the Admin PIN or create a User PIN:
Directly enter the User Mode to start using the iStorage diskG SSD:
|Any new Admin or User code that is setup has to be a minimum of 6 digits and be no more than 16 digits long (6-16 digits).|
|Use your Admin PIN to enter Admin Mode, and then create another User PIN in Admin Mode.|
|There is no other way to retrieve the Admin PIN except a complete reset of the iStorage diskG SSD. After a complete reset, all data will be lost and you will need to initialise, allocate and format the iStorage diskG SSD manually. You then will be able to use the default Admin Password 123456.|
|You need to initialise, allocate and format the diskG SSD manually. For more information, refer to “Initialising and formatting the Hard Drive after a complete reset” in the product manual.|
|No, this is a Windows limitation, you must use the Admin account to initialise and format the iStorage diskG SSD.|
|As a full disk encryption product, the iStorage diskG SSD can never be used without a password.|
|The iStorage diskG SSD uses AES 256-bit algorithm.|
|You can change it only in the Admin Mode. In the User Mode, the User PIN which has the same digits is created in the Admin Mode cannot be changed or deleted.|
|Ensure that you have administrator privileges for your computer. You can use only the administrator account to initialise partition or format the iStorage diskG SSD in the User Mode.|
|The Administrator feature allows enrolment of up to FOUR (4) unique User ID’s and ONE (1) Administrator. If a User forgets their PIN, the diskG SSD can be unlocked using the Admin PIN.|
|No, since the iStorage diskG SSD 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.|
|You may 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 iStorage diskG SSD manual.|
|The issue you are having is being caused by power saving settings on your computer so please see below and make the appropriate changes to your computer and this will stop the iStorage diskG SSD from locking.
Doing the following will prevent Windows from switching off the diskG SSD, go to `Control Panel` & `Power Options`, the easier option is to disable power saving which means stopping the computer from `Sleeping` see below;
This will keep any iStorage diskG SSD 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.
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.
Drives keep locking after 5-10 minutes on the Macs.
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 diskG SSD going to sleep and not locking. You will also need to stop the computer sleeping to prevent the diskG SSD from locking.
|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|
|Your computer may not have enough power going through to the USB to power the iStorage diskG SSD. Use the supplied USB Y-Power cable to ensure full power to the iStorage diskG SSD.|
|To make the iStorage diskG SSD universally compatible with all the most common Operating Systems requires the drive to be formatted using the FAT file system. This is done by using `Disk Management` in Windows, `Disk Utility` on MAC OS/x or MKFS in Linux. in Windows and Disk Utility on MAC OS/x or MKFS in Linux.|
|To make the iStorage diskG SSD work with an Apple Mac that doesn’t see it means the iStorage diskG SSD needs an update. Go on the iStorage support page of the website to fix this issue click on this link; iStorage diskG SSD for Mac OSX 10.X Update|
|BadUSB is a theoretical exploit that was presented by SR Labs at the Black Hat conference in August of 2014. SR Labs demonstrated a vulnerability in one USB device that allowed malicious code to be programmed into the USB controller through a firmware update process.
The attack described is very sophisticated and in the case of iStorage products would require advanced knowledge of our USB controller, a leaked version of our firmware, the programming tool to update our controller, the password used for our programming tool, and an in depth understanding of the device’s functionality, etc.
According to SR Labs, the failsafe method to eliminate this threat is to simply disable the ability to update the controller’s firmware. Many of iStorage devices shipping today, including all of our USB 3.0 security products already have the firmware locked which prevents field updates to the USB controller.
As a continuous improvement, iStorage is locking down the firmware on all USB controllers used in iStorage devices to safeguard against this vulnerability. We recommend checking our website periodically for notices regarding BadUSB and Security Updates.
* Some of the listed capacity on a diskG SSD drive is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products.