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DiskAshur M2 Portable SSD Review

Introducing the diskAshur M2 portable SSD, the smallest, fastest, lightest, and most rugged FIPS-compliant encrypted portable SSD. Specifically, this external drive is FIPS 140-3 Level 3 compliant and uses FIPS PUB 197 validated and AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption to encrypt data. It also incorporates a Common Criteria EAL 4+ ready microprocessor. Furthermore, the SSD is the first and only PIN authenticated, hardware encrypted, and portable SSDs with the highest security attribute.

All the tech talk shouldn’t confuse you, however. This portable SSD is one of the easiest to use, and its compact design is one of the best around. You can store all your data in this drive with its generous storage space ranging from 120GB to 2TB. In addition, it is easily portable, and you can put it in your pocket and walk around with it without any fuss. Indeed, one of the beauties of this SSD is that it has a built-in physical protection mechanism and is tamper-evident so you can know when someone tries to tamper with it. The disk defends itself from external tamper and physical attacks. It is dust, waterproof, and crush-proof, and can survive some of the harshest environments.

Features

Some of the features that make this SSD the best in the market include:

Ease of use

You only need a 7-15 digit PIN to authenticate, after which you can start using it just as you would any regular portable SSD. The disk encrypts data using AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption when disconnected, and you don’t need any software to use it. Likewise, the drive is compact in its design, and its size allows it to be extremely portable but with a metal-on-metal construction that makes it look and feel tough, durable, and elegant. What more could you possibly ask for?

Protection

The disk is made of metal on metal constructions, and a tough epoxy resin layer covers all its components. This layer gives it a rugged look and protects the disk from external attacks. It is near impossible to remove the resin layer without causing permanent damage to its components. Add that to the tamper-evident design, and you have one of the most protective external disks available.

It also has an admin and user feature set to configure multiple passwords and safety protocols. In the admin mode, you can set the drive to read-only, making it impossible for users to make edits. You can also give it away without fear of getting its data changed by creating a user pin with limited permissions.

The disk also protects itself from outside brute-force attacks. It wipes itself automatically after ten consecutive failed trials and automatically locks itself once unplugged from the computer. All these layers of protection protect the disk from possible attacks, making it a secure external drive.

Functionality

Part of the charm of this external flash drive is its look. It has that sleek, elegant look you want in your devices and it’s all fit into a lightweight, portable disk. The disk is also highly functional and contains a rubberized keypad. Your pin code allows you to get contents inside the drive. The drive also has a 3.2 USB-C port that both receive and send data at 370mbs per second.

It is OS-independent, too, and you can use it with a MacBook, PC, and lots of other platforms. You can also use it as a boot drive. The drive’s build makes it super strong; it can survive the weight of a 2.7-ton car over it and has an aluminum housing that protects it from sand and dust. It is also waterproof, surviving a 1.5-meter submersion for 30 minutes. You can also drop it from a four-meter height, and it will survive.

Security

One of the best security measures with this drive is its polymer-coated keypad. The keypad is wear-resistant, which doesn’t show the wear from constantly typing your password, so outsiders can’t guess it from the wear on the keypad. The polymer-coated keypad also makes the drive long-lasting.

The flash drive has FIPS PUB 197 validated, AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, making it one of the hardest things to crack. You have a near-infinite amount of keypad combinations that you can put in, making it hard for outsiders to figure it out. You also have a shift-key that allows you to use special characters as your passcode.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It has multiple security features that protect its contents
  • It has a sleek, elegant, and attractive design
  • It is water, dust, and dust-proof
  • It has a hard casing that protects it from external physical attacks.

Cons

  • It may be considered by some to be a bit costly
  • Not as functional as using Bluetooth
  • Slipcase could catch on the buttons

Conclusion

This diskAshur M2 portable SSD is one of the best external hard drives you can have, especially if you need portable data. It is designed to keep your data safe and has an elegant and functional design that protects against physical attacks. This drive is definitely one you should consider, as it is worth every penny.

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