iStorage diskAshur2 External Hard Drive Review

When it comes to your data you want it to be safe and protected. There are quite a lot of external portable hard drives out there, but how many actually make sure your data is safe? The external hard drive we are taking a look at today does just that with its rugged design and real-time AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption. This is completely software-free data protection as there is a PIN pad on the top of the drive to input your PIN. Without a PIN you cannot get into the drive! Let’s take a look and see what the diskAshur2 from iStorage is all about.

Special thanks to iStorage for providing us with the diskAshur2 External Hard Drive to review.

Capacity 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB & 5TB
Data Transfer Speed Up to: Read 148 MBps / Write 140 MBps
RPM 5400
Buffer Size 8MB
Power Supply Bus Powered
Dimensions (W, D, H) 124 mm x 84 mm x 19 mm (500GB,1TB,2TB)| 124 mm x 84mm x 27mm (3TB,4TB,5TB)
Weight 500GB/1/2TB max. 216 grams approx. | 3/4/5TB max. 325 grams approx
Approvals FIPS PUB 197 Validated, FCC, CE, RoHS, WEEE, TAA Compliant
Interface Super Speed USB 3.1 – up to 5Gbps. Backward compatible with USB 3.0/2.0/1.1
Operating System Compatibility MS Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome, Thin Clients, Zero Clients, Android & Embedded Systems
Hardware Data Encryption Real-Time Military Grade AES-XTS 256-bit Full-Disk Hardware Encryption
Warranty 2 Years
iStorage Part Number IS-DA2-256-xxxx-xx   (xxxx-xx = Capacity and Colour) B = Phantom Black:  BE = Ocean Blue:  R = Fiery Red:  GN = Racing Green:
Box Contents Portable Hard Drive, Protective Carry Case, QSG (Quick Start Guide)

Packaging
The diskAshur2 comes in a nice retail package. On the front we have a photo of the unit and some information. You can see we received the 1TB version of the drive, but it is also available in 500GB – 5TB versions.

iStorage diskAshur2

On the back there is a list of features in quite a few different languages.

iStorage diskAshur2

Getting everything out of the box we have the diskAshur2 portable hard drive, carrying case, useer’s guide, warranty guide, and info on a 1-year free license of ESET Drive Security. The carrying case is actually quite nice and the drive fits in it perfectly.

iStorage diskAshur2

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