Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive
A powerful data storage solution
Drivers that are external have started to become a big deal kind of 3 years ago. But you can’t talk about them by using simple and secure in the same sentence. Because they contradict each other, surely. Lenovo’s ThinkPad USB Portable Secure Hard Drive was one of the originals. Fans all over the world were delighted to see it feature integrated security. Rather than the kind of software-dependent or operating-system type. But in the review we wrote here we’ll discuss the company’s ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive. It’s an update of that first software. And a mighty fine product.
Two models available
The new ThinkPad USB 3.0 Hard Drive comes in 2 models with different memory space, specifications and price. A $199.99 (for 750GB) and a $169.99 (this time for 500GB). The list of pros begins with the looks. This product fits very well in the pocket of a shirt. This is allowed by the 0.8″ x 3.4″ x 4.8″ it measures. Secondly it’s also possible thanks to the weight: 7 ounces. The keypad it comes with has 12 buttons. They all won’t get beaten by constant wear. They’re protected against that very well. A USB 3.0 cable stays connected to the Hard Drive all the time. It’s so very small, therefore ideal for long travels. A pouch for that is provided when you buy this beauty. There’s an Y cable which connects the product to 2 USB 2.0 ports; that’s for the case when you have a computer that comes with no USB 3.0. That cable has its own spot in the pouch, more precisely on the back pocket.
Password protection access
The user mode of the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Hard Drive is tons easy to play with. After you connect it, the rest of the steps is to enter your password and then tap the button for unlock. In a couple of seconds, the OS sees the device in the form of a single driver. And there will be 690GB on it. If someone other than you wants to pry, after they enter the password wrongly after 5 tries, the drive will eventually shut down. So don’t forget your password or else you’ll have to remove the drive; and afterwards reconnect to your comp.
Lenovo’s newest ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive allows for 10 passwords. It also accepts an administrator one beside the normal ones. That’s great for doing group projects. The management of the drive doesn’t get difficult because of that. So don’t worry if it feels like it will. It won’t. Or, if we are wrong and it really becomes for you, the user’s manual is more than helpful. Once we finished our activities with the drive, we relocked it in a very easy way. It was also possible to let it auto lock itself.
Good transfer speed
On a general note, performance was the greatest pro. The 1.22GB folder we used for tests got transferred in 16 seconds. It’s perhaps nowhere near as fast as others, but we found the speed very good. The PCMark 7 storage test we did on the product returned a result of 1,458. In our experience, that’s a good result, compared with other reviewed hard drives.
The manufacturer is under the impression that the ThinkPad USB 3.0 acts very well if it’s subjected to shock. Yeah, but to a certain extent. Once or twice or three times it’s OK to drop it. But after that it registers damages.
The Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive is something which will be here a long time from now on. Simply because it’s a balance between good performance and security.