This review of the Storage diskGenie was written by Richard Fox.
I’ve had a few portable hard drives and memory sticks over the years, and lost a few too – I don’t have a lot (if any) really confidential data, but I sometimes save business files, home backups, and personal files to them. Something I’d rather didn’t get into the wrong hands for my personal identity protection at the very least.
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Anyway, after my son decided he wanted my portable hard-drive for his own personal use (teenagers hey!) for his endless collection of media files, I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to get something with a little higher capacity and more secure.
Quite a few drives have onboard encryption, but they require software to be installed – a real pain – I had this on a memory stick before but it was such drama when I plugged it into a new device – installed the software – typed in the password, I stopped using it so no security.
The diskGenie seemed like a great solution – more expensive than your typical portable HDD – and doesn’t look very sleek – but it ticked the right boxes for simplicity and security, and the capacity was fairly good.
What I Thought
So what did I make of the diskGenie? In a word, Brilliant. The best investment I’ve made for a long time. It was a really easy setup – I just needed to create the initial passcode – and I was away.
I don’t have time to mess around installing software to get access to my data – I just needed something that works and the diskGenie does just that – works.
- Simple – plug it in, no software, type in a number on the HDD keypad and your away
- Good capacity – 750GB is enough for most people
- Fast – USB2 (OK USB3 is out now) but performance is not hindered by the encryption
- Compact – no bigger than a normal portable HDD and it has an inbuilt cable (handy)
- Secure – if you lose it, you don’t need to worry about someone seeing your files
- Robust – I’ve dropped it a few times and it still works
I use it to back-up my work laptop (for peace of mind), and my PCs at home – as well as storing my personal files. It fits neatly into my laptop bag, but it’s a bit too big to carry around in your pocket (it would fit though).
The diskGenie comes with an inbuilt cable – this is really handy as sometimes you can’t find those mini-USB cables when you’ve used them to charge something up with, or someone has taken if from your desk (thanks for that!).
It has a soft-touch covering that has lasted well with no marks, and come with a foam material case that it just slips in and out of.
One of the main users of this could be business users – you can set a central admin passcode as well as numerous other codes for different users. So they can be managed by a central IT department, and issued to people that need to backup or store confidential information.
It also a great way for laptop and remote users to back-up their devices – and you don’t need to worry about password protecting files in case they lose it.
There is also high encryption – up to 256bit encryption as I write.
Really impressive, really simple, very secure – with no gimmicks. But of course, if you forget the code, you’re stuffed.
- Features – 5/5
Does exactly what is says it does and it’s very simple
- Value for Money – 4/5
Seem expensive compared to other HDDs, but the simplicity of security is fantastic)
- Design – 4/5
Looks a little weird, like a keypad, but what else is it going look like?
- Ease of Use – 5/5
Couldn’t get any simpler
- Overall – 5/5
What I Have
750GB 128bit encryption USB2 – circa £170.