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Inside an encrypted external hard drive -- in pictures

Quite a few readers have expressed an interest in seeing what's inside a super-secure DataLocker DL3 encrypted hard drive. Well, let's get the screwdrivers out and take a look!

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Topic: Security
Here's the hard drive
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Here's the hard drive

A DataLocker DL3.
More information on this drive can be found here.

Four screws hold it together
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Four screws hold it together

All you need to get inside is a single #1 Philips screwdriver.

And we're in
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And we're in

And we see a Toshiba drive.

Shock absorbers
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Shock absorbers

These hold the drive in place and help reduce shock and vibration.

The drive pulls out easily
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The drive pulls out easily

The shock absorbers are a press-fit and hold it in place.

The bracket is clever
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The bracket is clever

This reinforces the Super Speed USB port, giving it some rigidity.

A couple of screws hold the main circuit board in place
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A couple of screws hold the main circuit board in place

And it's out!

Close-up of the main circuit board
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Close-up of the main circuit board

The majority of it is dominated by the touchscreen panel.

Another close-up of the main circuit board
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Another close-up of the main circuit board

Lots of components and ribbon cables.

Another close-up of the main circuit board
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Another close-up of the main circuit board

Lots of components and ribbon cables.

Very sturdy circuit board
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Very sturdy circuit board

Very impressed by how robust this design is.

Here is it
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Here is it, torn down

Not much to see, but a very compact, robust design.

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