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Data Locker Enterprise review

The Data Locker Enterprise (DL2) encrypted hard drive comes in 500GB and 1TB models

Data Locker Enterprise encrypted hard drive.

Data Locker Enterprise encrypted hard drive.

The Data Locker Enterprise encrypted hard drive is very similar in appearance to the Data Locker DL3, but with enough feature differences to make worth consideration on its own. The device is available in 500 GB and 1 TB versions. Its rubber casing lends it a nice sturdy feel, but it doesn't really cover over the front or the back surfaces, so you automatically wanted to be more careful with it than some of the other drives (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Its large glass screen is clear and easy to read, and for compatibility with older machines this device comes with an external power supply, as well as the more standard dual data and power USB leads.

Features

One of the main differences between the Enterprise and other products is the way it powers up. This model includes a distinct ON/OFF slider switch.

Its setup menu is also laid out differently to the DL3. Page one provides the ability to change the password, regenerate the encryption key or move on to other options. Page two provides selections to turn on or off the random keypad and self-destruct options.

The password strength can be anything from 6 to 18 characters in length. There is no setting for the minimum length on the Datalocker Enterprise as there is on the DL3. An extra password feature included for this device is the ability to set a master password. Using a tool downloaded from the Datalocker website you can set a master password before giving the device to an employee. This will give you the ability to recover data if the user forgets their password, and also recover data in their absence — a nice inclusion.

Usability

The Datalocker Enterprise is just like the DL3 and the iStorage diskGenie in terms of usability once authentication has been approved. You can easily drag and drop files to and from the device just as with any other drive. While using the device, we didn't find the keypad as convenient as the Datalocker DL3. It was less responsive and required more retries of key presses to make them register. We also found that the randomisation for this keypad only changed the direction of the rows, so 1, 2 and 3 still stayed together but instead ran in a different direction vertically or horizontally.

Encryption

The Datalocker Enterprise uses 256 bit AES CBC Mode encryption and much like the other devices, all the encryption processes are handled by the device internally with no external software.

Recovery

The default setting on the device is to power down after three incorrect authentication attempts. Turning the device off and back on again allows you to retry these again, and after 10 failed attempts the device will warn you of a reset.

Verdict

The Datalocker Enterprise (or DL2 as it is also known) is a very capable device that offers everything you need to securely transport data, but it is somewhat over shadowed by its DL3 counterpart. The keyboard is a little annoying after a while. You'd think that you had pressed the key correctly only to find you had missed typed the password. Though it would meet anyone's data transfer needs, we would probably choose the newer version.

Review by Enex TestLab

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1 Comment

raphidae

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You should have noted that the Enterprise has other certifications:

FIPS 140-2 (Cert #1504), AES Algorithm - FIPS 197, TAA, NMCI, RoHS, FCC, CE

While the DL3 has these certifications:

RoHS, FCC, CE

RoHS, FCC and CE do not say anything about the security, so with the DL3 you have only the manufacturers promise that it's secure and with the Enterprise you have several independent sources confirming security.

A big difference for a drive which main feature is security.

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