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Seagate Maxtor BlackArmor 320GB review

£79.74 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Seagate

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 1 out of 10

The Maxtor BlackArmor encrypted external hard drive is the best product of its kind we've seen, featuring intuitive out-of-the-box experience, good utilities bundle, and reasonable price.

The Maxtor BlackArmor encrypted external hard drive is the best product of its kind we've seen, featuring intuitive out-of-the-box experience, good utilities bundle, and reasonable price.

The Seagate Maxtor BlackArmor is a marvel of simplicity. It's the first external hard drive with full-disk encryption - the encryption chip resides on the hard drive's circuitry.

According to Seagate, all of the data is encrypted on the Maxtor BlackArmor drive, so even if someone removes the drive from the housing and takes away the chipset, the data is inaccessible.

When you first attach the Maxtor BlackArmor to a Windows PC, the drive loads a read-only partition with the setup software. Initialising the drive and setting a password takes only a minute, after which the drive loads the encrypted partition and Windows shows it as a drive letter.

Thereafter, every time you plug in the Maxtor BlackArmor drive, the autorun settings will ask you to enter the password.

The Maxtor BlackArmor also features a Secure Erase option (which overwrites data areas of the drive with zeroes), as well as a backup utility.

PCWorld.com

Maxtor BlackArmor Expert Verdict »
Maxtor BlackArmor 320GB Scores 8.6 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
2.5in disk
disk capacity: 320GB
5400RPM
data buffer: 8192KB
USB 2.0
84.2x16.9x131.2mm
0.204kg
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

If you're looking at encrypted portable drives, this model is up there with the best for its value. The Maxtor BlackArmor offers one of the best cost-per-gigabyte rates we've seen, as well as first class simplicity and full-disk-encryption security.

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