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diskAshur PRO2 reviews

Dec 2020 | Obzorpokupok

“An overview of two external drives with pin-code access and content encryption – iStorage model diskAshur2 and diskAshur PRO 2.”

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May 2020 | PCMag

“The DiskAshur Pro2 SSD is as solid as a rock, both physically and otherwise, and your data is as safe as if it were embedded in solid granite.”

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Mar 2020 | Sloan! Magazine

“The iStorage diskAshur PRO² USB 3.1 portable hard drive is available in a stylish graphite housing and is the ultimate secure data storage device. Designed for the more demanding user, the diskshur PRO² USB 3.1 portable hard drive is available in a stylish graphite housing and is the ultimate secure data storage device. Designed for the more demanding user, the diskAshur PRO² portable hard drive and the diskAshur PRO² SSD is certified to NCSC CPA, NLNCSA BSPA & NATO Restricted Level, making iStorage the world’s first and only company to have all these certifications. Incorporating a secure microprocessor, which encrypts the encryption key, diskAshur PRO² SSD is available in capacities of up to 5TB (HDD) and 8TB (SSD) and is supplied with a protective carry case. Starts from £209 – £489 for 500GB -5TB (HDD) and from £179 – £1749 for 128GB – 8TB (SSD). Available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon”

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Nov 2019 | Testedtechnology

“The iStorage specification tells us this is the world’s first and only NCSC CPA, FIPS 140-2 Level 2/3, LNLCSA BSPA and NATO restricted level certified encrypted portable hard drive – a lot of initials, let’s look into that…..These are impressive—and more importantly—real specifications.”
“If you value the security, you may feel (as I do) that the strict defence system of the diskAshur PRO2 more than justifies the £200ish price of the 500GB SSD version under review here. What we’ve got here is a sturdy, fast, thoroughly documented portable drive designed and assembled in the UK. It offers first-class security and comes with a two-year warranty. If data you’re moving about is worth protecting, this is the way to do it.”

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Sep 2019 | PCEkspert

“The quality of the materials and the finish of the exterior and interior of the enclosure is very high.”

“iStorage’sdatAshur PRO² is a natural evolution of the original model, and it brings significantly more flexibility in capacity selection. On the security side, this is a very advanced device that offers several levels of protection”

“datAshur PRO² is therefore an ideal USB flash drive for anyone who wants to protect access to their data while having to migrate it from device to device.”

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Sep 2019 | GtXarabia

“iStorage has made a number of improvements and many additions to datAshur PRO² to make it faster, more powerful and more secure.”

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Sep 2019 | Ixbt.com

“If you simply transfer multimedia files to and fro, then in the first place you see a very large price tag iStorage datAshur PRO2, and if you talk about serious data and the need to keep them safe, then in the first place you will notice different degrees of data protection and a decent implementation.”

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May 2019 | Wccftech

“iStorage’s diskAshur PRO² boasts unbreakable enterprise-level data security certified by NATO, General Intelligence & Security Service and CESG…iStorage is a pretty well-known name in the encrypted storage market – they were the first company on earth to get a portable encrypted storage solution on the market with their diskAshur Pro series (which also has certifications by NATO and other major organizations)…”

“The ask for this 512GB SSD is a step $271 right now but considering the certifications and features involved – it will be a bargain for the right target market..”
“The performance of the diskAshur PRO² was very impressive…Transfer rates are also sustained throughout transfers which means you won’t get a faster speed at the start which degrades over time – this performance will sustain itself throughout the SSD’s life.”

“The iStorage DiskAshur PRO2 is expensive and is clearly not an SSD you buy if you are out on a budget but is for the professional that does not want to sacrifice the slightest bit of security. Every aspect of the design – from encryption fallbacks to physical ruggedness are a showcase of how much thought went into its development. Coming from the company that brought us the world’s first portable encrypted storage (DiskAshur Pro) this is hardly surprising and makes this the perfect drive to buy for the security professional.”

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May 2019 | Dong Knows Tech

“There are secure portable drives with hardware encryption options, like the Samsung T5 or the WD My Password, and then there’s the iStorage diskAshur PRO2. This digital storage device is so secure that Donald J. Trump would probably pick it to store his tax returns when he could grasp the significance of “digital.”

“…the diskAshur PRO2 is really an ultra-secure storage device. It’s a tamper-proof vault, complete with a numeric keypad, that has an ample storage space on the inside. Yet, it manages to remain almost as compact as a regular portable drive.”
“if you want to make absolutely sure that the information you carry along safe from the prying eyes, look no further than the diskAshur PRO2.”
“The diskAshur PRO2 is very fast for a hard drive-based portable storage device, topping the chart on writing performance at almost 130 megabytes per second. In reading tests, it was a tad slower at 127MB/s. In all this drive is the fastest among hard drive-based portable drives I’ve tested.”

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May 2019 | Dong Knows Tech

“There are secure portable drives with hardware encryption options, like the Samsung T5 or the WD My Password, and then there’s the iStorage diskAshur PRO2. This digital storage device is so secure that Donald J. Trump would probably pick it to store his tax returns when he could grasp the significance of “digital.”
“…the diskAshur PRO2 is really an ultra-secure storage device. It’s a tamper-proof vault, complete with a numeric keypad, that has an ample storage space on the inside. Yet, it manages to remain almost as compact as a regular portable drive.”
“if you want to make absolutely sure that the information you carry along safe from the prying eyes, look no further than the diskAshur PRO2.”
“The diskAshur PRO2 is very fast for a hard drive-based portable storage device, topping the chart on writing performance at almost 130 megabytes per second. In reading tests, it was a tad slower at 127MB/s. In all this drive is the fastest among hard drive-based portable drives I’ve tested.”

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May 2019 | Lux Review

“The diskAshur˛ is a must have product this year! so simple to use and stores your files with a secure pin code. This is the perfect partner for taking on the train with you. When creating storage devices, companies forget the visual appeal of the product. However, iStorage has created these sleek colours with personality”.

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Apr 2019 | Play3r.net

“There is no getting away from the fact that the diskAshur PRO2 is expensive. The 2TB version we have here has an RRP of Ł329, but can be bought at the time of writing at the slightly lower price of Ł300 at Amazon UK. If we put the price aside for a moment, this thing is a premium product. Build quality is rock solid, and it couldn’t be easier to use. Given that a huge amount of security failures are down to human error, that’s a really big selling point here. Performance is as good as you can expect from a mechanical hard drive”

“There is no better product on the market, no product that has won as many awards, and no companies that have won the accolades that iStorage have.”

“Our Platinum award is given to the products that are the best of the best, irrespective of cost…and that’s what I’m giving the iStorage diskAshur PRO²”

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Apr 2019 | CDR Labs

“The diskAshur PRO2 is a great choice for the security conscious professional looking for an ultra-secure, yet easy to use, portable hard drive. In addition to its stylish, tamper proof design, the diskAshur PRO2 offers real-time military grade AES-XTS 256-bit full disk hardware encryption. The drive also utilizes a dedicated on-board Common Criteria EAL4+ ready secure microprocessor to protect itself from any external tampering, bypass laser attacks and fault injections. Despite its many layers of security, the diskAshur PRO2 is very easy to use. Simply plug it into a USB port, enter your PIN on the keypad, and you have access to your data.”

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Mar 2019 | Hardwareluxx

“The Possibilities to protect or control its Data are therefore very diverse. iStorage has, of course, also been certified. NCSC CPA (UK), NLNCSA BSPA (NL), NATO Restricted level and FIPS 140-2 Level 3, which is the second highest Standard for computer security in the US. However, the external Hard Drive is almost as easy to use as a normal Hard drive, with the Exception of pin input. This Concept seems to be extremely successful.”
“Many thoughtful Features and strong Encryption reliably protect Data from unauthorized Access.”

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Mar 2019 | Information Security Buzz

“To accommodate the physical medium in the form of a disk, my choice over the years has been the iStorage, now at the version of diskAshur PRO (available up to 5TB) for the on-the-road engagements, and a secondary office-based secure drive facility in the form of a iStorage diskAshur DT² (available up to 14TB), which is used to backup any Case Management materials and acquired artifacts again, stored securely, and completely off-line when access is not required.”

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Feb 2019 | Nikktech

“Once again iStorage has released a top-notch product in the market that not only features industry leading data security/safety features but it also combines very good performance with a massive storage capacity (for a 2.5” portable model)… Overall, the diskAshur PRO² 5TB PIN Authenticated Portable HDD has it all, top of the line security/safety features, very good performance and a massive capacity which is why it gets our Golden Award.”

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Feb 2019 | PCPer

“The datAshur Pro is a nice solution to a growing problem. The ease and speed with which critically important data can be accessed and transferred means that everyone — from major corporations to individual users — must take measures to better protect it. And while software-based encryption is an important part a good data security strategy, there are situations where it may not be the best option.
Instead, using a storage device with hardware-based encryption like the datAshur Pro removes the complexity of encryption for the end user while still offering excellent protection for your data while in transit, in a format that is almost universally compatible with any USB-capable device.”

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Feb 2019 | Tech Radar

“”diskAshur’s products are some of the best secure drives on the market, and the diskAshur Pro is the company’s best external hard drive yet. The diskAshur Pro also comes with some enviable encryption, sporting XTS-AES 256-bit real-time full disk hardware encryption and EDGE technology to offer even more levels of safety.”

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Feb 2019 | Vortez

“The build quality, as we touched on when unboxing it, is fantastic. The drive has a bit of heft to it, with an all-metal front and back with a tough rubber edging. The keys are lovely and clicky, with their epoxy coating to prevent wear and the built-in USB cable tucks away perfectly and securely. We can’t fault the design at all, it perfectly fits the overall appeal of the device.”
“Moving onto the actual purpose of this drive, the security. While we’re not outfitted, not by a long shot, to thoroughly test the security aspects of this drive, we can fully appreciate the testing procedure that has gone into making sure the data inside is as safe as it can possibly be. While doing research on what the different accreditations actually meant and how they impact things, we’ve truly begun to understand just how important data can be to some people.”
“If you require absolute security in a classy and solid chassis, we can’t see any other sensible option.”

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Feb 2019 | Vortez

“The build quality, as we touched on when unboxing it, is fantastic. The drive has a bit of heft to it, with an all-metal front and back with a tough rubber edging. The keys are lovely and clicky, with their epoxy coating to prevent wear and the built-in USB cable tucks away perfectly and securely. We can’t fault the design at all, it perfectly fits the overall appeal of the device.”

“Moving onto the actual purpose of this drive, the security. While we’re not outfitted, not by a long shot, to thoroughly test the security aspects of this drive, we can fully appreciate the testing procedure that has gone into making sure the data inside is as safe as it can possibly be. While doing research on what the different accreditations actually meant and how they impact things, we’ve truly begun to understand just how important data can be to some people.”

“If you require absolute security in a classy and solid chassis, we can’t see any other sensible option.”

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Jan 2019 | PC Perspective

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Dec 2018 | 9 to 5 mac

“The iStorage DiskAshur Pro2 describes itself as ‘the most secure external SSD in the world’ – and with good reason. I reviewed the previous model earlier in the year, and the latest model has a whole slew of government security certifications. I’ve tried this one for myself, and another improvement is you no longer need to specify a Mac version: it’s formattable out of the box. Available from 500GB for $250-ish to 2TB for $400-ish.”

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Dec 2018 | Chigz Tech Review

“Probably suitable for a secret agent…Very well made, durable and enjoyable to use!”

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Dec 2018 | Help Net Security

“diskAshur PRO² enforces an excellent PIN policy.“

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Dec 2018 | Overclockers Club

“Moving large blocks of data was fast and moving numerous small files was unsurprisingly slower. I found the speeds to be consistent and satisfactory. I believe iStorage wants to point out that despite the encryption activities happening in the background, data transfer speeds are not affected, and I would agree.. Sure, an encrypted drive will cost a bit more – okay, a lot more – but can you really put a price on peace of mind? Check out the diskAshur Pro2 by iStorage!”

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Dec 2018 | Nikktech

“The diskAshur PRO² 512GB is far from slow and certainly much faster than its HDD based brothers. As for the security/safety features of the drive all work as advertised.”

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Dec 2018 | Hardware-Mag.de

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Dec 2018 | Tech Radar

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Dec 2018 | Help Net Security

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Nov 2018 | Evening Telegraph

“Do you back up to the Cloud? Well, don’t. It’s not safe jJust ask Jennifer Lawrence). The diskAshur PRO² is, though. This external hard drive has been designed to circumvent hacking and physical tampering thanks to a dedicated processor and 256-bit encrypton. The keypad does far more than just unlock it – you can use it to make all sorts of configurations including a very cool “self-destruct” mode.“

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Nov 2018 | Neowin

“The first thing to note is that iStorage isn’t just touting security features on their marketing slides: the company went out and received several highly regarded certifications, with the most impressive (in my opinion) being FIPS 140-2 validation through the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). You can read about all of the requirements that FIPS 140-2 validation entails at the NIST website, but in a nutshell, reviewers look at everything from role-based access, the physical security of the device, cryptographic key management, EMI impact, and more. The standard has four levels, and the diskAshur PRO2 was validated at level 3.
In addition to FIPS 140-2 validation, the diskAshur PRO2 also has NLNCSA BSPA certification as well as NATA Restricted Level certification. It also is NCSC CPA rated, and meets Common Criteria EAL4+ (security and government both love their acronyms!)…although many companies claim that their devices are secure, iStorage went the extra mile and had it independently validated; for me, the fact that it received FIPS 140-2 validation from NIST proves that it’s a top-notch value because that’s a difficult bar to reach…”

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Nov 2018 | Neowin

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Oct 2018 | The Gadgeteer

“This iStorage is a great asset for me. I am now able to save all of the files I need protected and walk away from my desk without worry about what will happen if someone else uses my PC… While I do understand that it is relatively expensive, it is obvious that a lot of thought has been put into the design and purpose. In today’s world when security breaches are of such concern and when data theft is prevalent, this drive protects your data and privacy in several ways. While some may debate function vs. cost, for me, the iStorage DiskAshur Pro2 gets two thumbs way up!!!’

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Sep 2018 | Hardware Max

Secure, easy, fast – these are the characteristics of the iStorage datAshur PRO 32GB..the encryption with AES 256bit to currently the highest level and thus even meets the requirements of official bodies’ ‘As complex as the security measures are as simple is the application’
‘In addition to superb processing, a case with IP57 protection and 3 years warranty. Since the purchase price of 129 € is really not too high.’
‘Rarely do we have such a rounded product in our test, the Exclusive Award is therefore absolutely justified.’‘In addition to superb processing, a case with IP57 protection and 3 years warranty. Since the purchase price of 129 € is really not too high.’
‘Rarely do we have such a rounded product in our test, the Exclusive Award is therefore absolutely justified.’

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Sep 2018 | Ghidult.ro

“iStorage diskAshur PRO² is a secure solution for storing essential data for businesses that work with individuals. They need a secure office or travel storage environment. diskAshur PRO² helps businesses align with GDPR’s privacy laws. The storage unit is also useful for individuals who often travel with important data or other materials that will keep them out of curiosity. We strongly recommend iStorage diskAshur PRO² for companies that are concerned with alignment with GDPR and want to protect customer data in any way.”

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Sep 2018 | The Chris Voss Show

“It is a tank of security and it’s pretty amazing…this thing is fricking amazing”

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Sep 2018 | Ghidul It

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Sep 2018 | Den of Geek

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Aug 2018 | Consumer Queen

“Looking for a tech gift your college student will use? This encrypted external hard drive from iStorage can go with them to college and allow them to keep important documents all in one place, without relying on servers or wifi”

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Jul 2018 | CEO Today Magazine

“As the world’s first and only NCSC CPA and NLNCSA BSPA certified encrypted portable hard drive, this PIN authenticated hard drive will eliminate any risk and leave you feeling stress free, especially when it comes to sensitive client data and files.” “Utterly indispensable in today’s working environment..” “…in my opinion, it’s the future of secure file storage…”

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Jun 2018 | The Sunday Times Magazine

Best for Security
iStorage diskAshur²- From £139 – There’s an option to password-protect the WD drive, above, but a PIN of 7.15 digits is mandatory on the iStorage. In 128GB to 5TB versions, as a flash drive or disk, it encrypts all contents and will erase after 15 access attempts.’

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Jun 2018 | Computer Weekly

“Neither is there a mention of iStorage, one of very few British manufacturers of hardware and a particularly
impressive one at that. iStorage recently won NATO approval for its hardware encrypted hard drives and solid state drives. You don’t get much better security endorsements than being judged safe enough for the Nato Information Assurance Product Catalogue.”

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Mar 2018 | Techspective

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Jan 2018 | Linux User & Developer

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Nov 2017 | TechTrends

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Nov 2017 | Techradar

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Oct 2017 | Endeavour / Gadgethead Magazine

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Oct 2017 | Linux Journal Magazine

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Oct 2017 | Computer Idee Magazine

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Aug 2017 | Tech Connect

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Aug 2017 | Mac Sources

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Aug 2017 | pcmweb

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Aug 2017 | Techradar PRO

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Jul 2017 | macworld

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Jul 2017 | The Register

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Jul 2017 | Play3r

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Jul 2017 | Apple Tech Talk

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Jul 2017 | Gadget Speak

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Jul 2017 | Factor Tech

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Jun 2017 | Backwards Compatible

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Jun 2017 | PC PRO Magazine

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Jun 2017 | HELPNETSECURITY

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Jun 2017 | openPR

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Jun 2017 | Adjacent OPEN ACCESS

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May 2017 | Technology reseller

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May 2017 | Business info

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Apr 2017 | Daniweb

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Apr 2017 | Movies, Gamesandtech

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Apr 2017 | IT Security Thing

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Apr 2017 | Storage News

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Dec 2020 | Obzorpokupok

“An overview of two external drives with pin-code access and content encryption – iStorage model diskAshur2 and diskAshur PRO 2.”

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