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Have no idea on how to use this with my thinkpad. Beautiful design and function, but..... I purchased it for auto backup, but no idea on what to do.
By HefgeGuy on LENOVO - Feb 16, 2011
Very Nice Encrypted drive
I read the other reviewers and I just had to clarify. If you read the manual you will see that the drive will create a "new encryption key" when you reset the drive. The AES Key is 128bit and has nothing to do with the "PIN" code that you you to access the drive. To crack the AES 128bit code would take YEARS with a government super computer going as fast as it could. So is there a weakness, Yes. The weakness is that you can "brute force" attack the keypad. This is difficult because you would have to keep resetting the USB port every 6 tryes. An example would be that if your PIN were 8 digits and it took 1 second to enter a new PIN code, then it would take about 4 years to unlock the drive. ----- I like this drive it looks and feels nice! The speed is good for an encrypted drive. The cost is a little high but you kind if expect that with Lenovo.
By Jackalope on LENOVO - Jan 21, 2010
First review may be inaccurate
While I can't determine the exact nature of the internal workings of the device, the first review's claim that this device does not provide 128 bit protection is not entirely accurate. While it is true that manual entry would allow for it to be easier to break the encryption than a 128 bit key would provide, the statement that the same carries over to a direct memory decode process is not neccessarily true. An internal key specific to each device for example would render an attempt to map key inputs to actual 128bit keys useless. You are still relying on physical protection measures to prevent the capture of this encryption key, but that is no different than trusting any TPM to not be compromised. In extreme cases it may still be possible to crack this device with less than 128 bit effort, but I would rate the threat of being broken as potentially much less than the original reviewer indicates.
By AJH16 on LENOVO - Jun 19, 2009
54-bit Encryption, not 128
It doesn't matter that the drive uses AES with a 128-bit key--the security is limited by the password length (16 digits) to about 54 bits. (2**54 = 1.8 * 10**16) Even if the drive supported a 24 digit password as the Lenovo product page claims, the drive would only offer about 80 bits of protection, and that's only if you could remember 24 random digits. When accessed through the keypad, the drive locks after 6 attempts. You must unplug it and plug it back in before you try again. That's a good thing. Lets assume the best and say that the 6-attempts-then-lock policy is enforced by the drive and not the keypad hardware, and that it can't be disabled, and further, that each password entry attempt takes a non-trivial amount of time. That would make the product much more secure... ...until "someone" read the data right off the platters (by disassembling the drive), and did the decryption attempts in memory. Now, that "someone" wouldn't be your average person, or your average identity thief. The Federal government could definitely do it, and anyone with access to forensic disk services and a bunch of fast computers could do it too (i.e. a large corporation, or a foreign government). So, if you use a long password composed of random digits, and you don't expect the opposition to try very hard, then this product might be for you. Otherwise, you should look elsewhere.
By approach on LENOVO - Apr 25, 2009
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive (160GB)
THE GOOD: Easy-to-use security keypad; integrated USB cord; includes extra power plug; quick transfer speeds. THE BAD: Boring design; no FireWire support; expensive cost per gigabyte. THE BOTTOM LINE: Were impressed by the Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drives burly security features and rigorous performance results, but the bloated price tag prevents us from recommending it to anyone other than...
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By cnet.com - Dec 3, 2008
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive | 160GB
The Lenovo ThinkPad USB Portable Secure Hard Drive is an external hard drive that can physically secure data in case of theft or loss. It features a shock-mounted 5400 rpm hard-drive thats available in either 160GB or 320GB options. This compact hard-drive uses 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard security. An integrated keypad allows for entering of 6 to 24 digit passwords and for up to ten...
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By productwiki.com - Dec 22, 2009
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Secure Hard Drive 160GB USB2 43R2018
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By testseek.com - Mar 4, 2009