Review: iStorage diskAshur2 External SSD

The iStorage diskAshur2 is the most secure external SSD with Mission Impossible style encryption, complete with Self Destruct option.  We give this amazing SSD the highest 10/10 rating. Sadly, we had to send this product back which was the only downside for us.

iStorage diskAshur2
iStorage diskAshur2

For anyone who carries around a lot of sensitive information and worries about this data getting lost, this secure external SDD is the one for you.

It’s the same size as most portable external drives (124 x 84 x 20mm) and weighs just 180g. It comes in Black, Blue, Red or Green with drive capacities of either 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB and a whopping 4TB (equivalent to 500 DVDs).

What makes the iStorage diskAshur2 unique?

Protected by a tamper-proof external case encased in epoxy resin, this unique SDD is like a soldier at war constantly monitoring for a physical attack. Any attempts to tamper with the iStorage diskAshur will cause it to be automatically erased. No questions asked.

The drive is water and dust resistance to IP56. In addition, it can read speeds of up to 294Mbps and write speeds of 319Mbps. When compared to other SDD devices, this is extremely fast. And, in fear of the tech geeks army coming after me, I have to say it might not be the fastest on the market yet it’s the fastest I have come across. We must also point out that it has no speed degradation so it’s therefore as fast as any non-encrypted USB 3.1 HDD.

No software or drivers are required and it works across all operating systems including all versions of Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, Chrome, Thin Clients, Zero Clients and embedded systems. The iStorage are geniuses because they have even made sure the iStorage diskAshur2 works on any device with a USB port.

Here’s what we said on our show

Built-in Security Keypad

iStorage diskAshur2 most secure SDDIt has a built-in keypad so you protect the drive with a PIN of between 7 and 15 digits. Most noteworthy is the wear-resistant keypad so no one could ever work out which keys are pressed the most. These guys have literally thought of everything. You simply enter your PIN and then press the unlock button, then wait a few seconds for access.  Red, Green and Blue LEDs indicate the various stages of security access. Real-time encryption secures your data and most of all, without a PIN there’s no way in!

You can set the auto-lock time of between 5 and 99 minutes, or manually lock the drive at any time by pressing the lock button. It’s also intelligently programmed to protect against all forms of Brute Force attacks. This will limit the amount of unauthorised attempts to gain access. And, in true ‘Mission Impossible’ style, there is even a self-destruct feature. The encryption key and all stored PINs will be deleted should this feature be activated. It will even wipe the drive. You must admit, that’s pretty cool, eh?

Does the iStorage diskAshur2 have any bad points?

The short USB cable could get easily damaged because it is permanently attached to the device. As a result, you wouldn’t be able to access your data without the help from iStorage HQ.

What else have we missed?

The iStorage diskAshur2 come in a hard sturdy zipped case with a wrist strap. You also get one-year licenses for NERO BackItUp (worth £30) and iStorage DriveSecurity (Award-winning Anti-Virus) software.

In conclusion, the iStorage diskAshur2 is the most secure external SDD on the market with more security measures than the White House. Dust, water, and Tamper Resistant with a MissionImpossible self-destruct option. If only we got to keep this, damn!

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We hope you liked reading our iStorage diskAshur2 Review, but don’t forget to check out our review of the iStorage datAshur USB too.

iStorage diskAshur2 At A Glance

  • Common Criteria EAL4+ ready on-board secure microprocessor
  • Real-time military grade AES-XTS 256-bit Full-Disk Hardware Encryption
  • FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm
  • 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
  • Read-Only (Write Protect) & Read/Write modes
  • 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


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