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Apricorn USB 3.0 Aegis Padlock DT drive

Securing sensitive data stored on external hard drives is usually a minefield, especially if you are looking for cross-platform compatibility. The Apricorn USB 3.0 Aegis Padlock DT drive is the solution to this problem.
Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

The Aegis Padlock DT next to my 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

Here's what it looks like in my hand. It's a little bigger and heavier than a standard 3.5-inch hard drive.

Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

The Aegis Padlock DT looks like a regular external hard drive... until you notice that keypad!

Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

The drive's aluminum shell is rugged and tough enough to put up with knocks and scrapes, and the keypad features polymer-coated keys for added wear-resistance.

Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

There's a cooling grill on both the front and read of the drive, but there's no cooling fan in the device, so apart from the sound of the drive whirring, it's pretty quiet.

Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

Above the keypad is a status display LED panel that shows the locked/unlocked status of the drive.

Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

The drive does require a separate power supply, which means one extra thing to carry.

Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

The electronics inside the Aegis Padlock DT are potted with epoxy resin to prevent tampering.

Aegis Padlock DT
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Aegis Padlock DT

Inside my Aegis Padlock DT was a 1TB Toshiba hard drive.

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