If you have data you want to ensure never gets into the wrong hands, the diskAshur DT² from iStorage is a USB 3.1 encrypted desktop hard drive with a ton of 007 features to prevent anyone from busting. With capacity options from 1TB up to a huge 12TB, it is the world's first and only NCSC CPA and NLNCSA BSPA certified encrypted desktop hard drive.

Easy to operate, the DT² uses an ultra-secure, PIN authenticated entry and real-time ‘AES-XTS’ 256-bit hardware encryption and has a software free design and provides fast data transfer speeds. With a simple to use keypad design, you can set up a unique 7-15 digit PIN, but that’s not the only protection at work here: the dedicated hardware-based secure microprocessor (Common Criteria EAL4+ ready) has built-in physical protection mechanisms which defend your files from external tampering, bypass attacks and more, which forces it to enter into a ‘deadlock frozen state’, meaning unless you know the pin there is no way in.

Compatible with all operating systems, including all versions of MS Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, Chrome, Thin Clients, Zero Clients and embedded systems, it will work with any device featuring a USB port. Other security functions are the ‘FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm’, which uses AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption, keeping your data safe even if the hard drive is dismantled from its enclosure. The ‘Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism’ will activate after five consecutive incorrect pin entries and will cause the drive to freeze. This process increases over numerous attempts until the 15th attempt, where the DT² will lock itself and delete all the data, restoring it to factory settings.

The ‘Drive Reset Feature’ clears all pins and data with a unique command and generates a new random encryption key. A very ‘James Bond’ aspect is the ‘Self Destruct’ feature, which allows you to pre-program a unique PIN which, once typed in, instantly deletes the encryption key, all PINs, data and then creates a new encryption key. The ‘Unattended Auto-Lock’ feature automatically locks after a pre-determined amount of time and the ‘Tamper-Proof’ construction makes it virtually impossible to remove without causing permanent damage to the components. Lastly, the ‘Wear Resistant Epoxy Coated Keypad’ prevents any clues to your pin being given away by preventing wear & tear appearing on the most commonly used keys.

Working alongside all this high-tech protection, the DT² also uses USB 3.1 for fast transfer speeds of 225 MBps (Read) and 223 MBps (Write), but is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports. If all that information went over your head, all you need to know is an easy to use, fast, and super secure place for all your most important cat photos and looks badass at the same time! RRP £179.00 (1 TB), £199.00 (2 TB), £279.00 (3 TB), £339.00 (4 TB), £449.00 (6 TB), £479.00 (8 TB), £679.00 (10 TB), £699.00 (12 TB)

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High quality constructions

Fast Reading and Writing of files

USB 3.1 Encrypted Desktop Hard Drive

Storage capacities up to 12TB

Lots of security setting


Anything over 1TB becomes very expensive