iStorage diskAshur2 1TB AES 256-bit XTS hardware encrypted drive


A month or so ago we looked at iStorage’s DATASHUR PRO 8GB USB 3.0 Hardware encrypted flash drive. At the time we were extremely impressed by the level of security and performance the device offered. Today we bring to you one if their latest offerings the iStorage diskAshur2. It differs from the DATASHUR Pro as it’s a portable hard drive but accompanies the same military grade AES 256-bit XTS hardware encryption and PIN authentication mechanism to lock/unlock the drive.

In a day and age when most enterprise level organisations are shying away from portable storage devices due to their inherent security risks, it’s nice to see iStorage trying to penetrate this market with these types of security enhanced devices. We’re aligning this product towards the enterprise grade businesses as I don’t see a huge market for them in the personal storage market. Why would you need military grade encryption when most of your portable storage will be movies and songs? iStorage certainly isn’t a new comer to the hardware encrypted security storage market so you can be assured of the reliability and security standards that are offered on their products.

iStorage makes a bold statement with their diskAshur2 by calling it the “the most secure hard drive ever made“. Lets find out as we put the diskAshur2 through its paces and see if it can actually walk the talk. Today we’ll be looking at the diskAshur2 1TB model.

Features and Specifications

  • Common Criteria EAL4+ ready on-board secure microprocessor
  • Real-time military grade AES 256-bit XTS Full-Disk Hardware Encryption
  • FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm
  • PINs and encryption keys are always encrypted while at rest
  • Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism
  • Tamper Proof
  • Immune to BadUSB
  • Water & Dust Resistant – IP56 certified
  • Epoxy coated wear resistant keypad
  • No speed degradation – as fast as any non-encrypted USB 3.1 HDD
  • Desk Lock Slot
  • No software or drivers required – 100% Hardware Encryption
  • PINs and encryption keys are always encrypted while at rest
  • Read-Only (Write Protect) & Read/Write modes
  • Brute Force Hack Défense Mechanism
  • Self-Destruct Feature
  • Drive Reset Feature
  • Super Speed USB 3.1 with integrated cable
  • Unattended Auto-Lock feature
  • No admin rights needed
  • OS & Platform Independent – Works on any device with a USB port
  • All components covered with a layer of super tough epoxy resin
  • Available in four colours Phantom Black, Ocean Blue, Fiery Red & Racing Green
Capacity 500GB, 1TB & 2TB
Data Transfer Speed Up to: Read 148 MBps / Write 140 MBps
RPM 5400
Buffer Size 8MB
Power Supply Bus Powered
Dimensions (W, D, H) 124 mm x 84 mm x 19 mm
Weight max. 216 grams approx.
Approvals FIPS PUB 197 Validated, FCC, CE, RoHS, WEEE, TAA Compliant
Interface Super Speed USB 3.1 – up to 5Gbps. Backward compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1
Operating System Compatibility MS Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome, Thin Clients, Zero Clients, Android & Embedded Systems
Hardware Data Encryption Real-Time Military Grade AES 256-bit XTS Full-Disk Hardware Encryption
Warranty 2 Years
iStorage Part Number IS-DA2-256-xxxx-xx   (xxxx-xx = Capacity and Colour) B = Phantom Black:  BE = Ocean Blue:  R = Fiery Red:  GN = Racing Green:
Box Contents Portable Hard Drive, Protective Carry Case, QSG (Quick Start Guide)

* Some of the listed capacity on a diskAshur HDD drive is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products.

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