Dynatron Azenx P-Secure Secure HDD Enclosure

Posted by on Friday, February 5, 2010 - 12:00am

Dynatron Azenx P-SecureIf you where to lost the Dynatron P-Secure enclosure and had very personal data on the secured partition, you don't have to worry about the founder looking at this data. The P-Secure has a secure partition that you can set the password. Once it is set you do not have much to worry about. But what if we took the drive from the enclosure what then? We will find out.

 

Introduction to the Dynatron P-Secure Enclosure

Over the pass two weeks I have reviewed my fair share of hard drive enclosures. I have told you who is best suited for them as well as why it could be so important for the safety of our data. I won't preach the same old thing this review, I will take it to another level.

Privacy! We can save all the data we want. Share it with other, transport it from home to work and even share it away for backup reasons. But what happens if you have all your data in one location and you want it safe from wondering eyes. What if for some reason you needed to transport digital copies of your social security card or other personal data? And what if you mistakenly lost this data? What then? Most of us would want it lose and not seen by other than open to the individual that find your storage drive.

If you where to lost the Dynatron P-Secure enclosure and had very personal data on the secured partition, you don't have to worry about the founder looking at this data. The P-Secure has a secure partition that you can set the password. Once it is set you do not have much to worry about. But what if we took the drive from the enclosure what then? We will find out.


Specifications


Item No. AZ-2503
Chip WM5080A
Access Key Software Password
Host Interface USB 2.0
Drive Interface SATA
Data Transfer Rate Up to 480Mbps
Encryption 64-bit Proprietary
LED Indicator Power & Access Activity
System Requirement Windows Series

Features

  • Allows password setting to protect data and choose an encrypted partition on hard drive
  • Data is protected with proprietary 64-bit encryption technology
  • USA 2.0 Host Interface
  • SATA Drive Interface
  • Transfer rate up to 480 Mbps
  • Plug & Play
  • Rubber foot pads to provide friction against smooth surface
  • Attractive LED indicated Power/Access Activity
  • Easy installation. Screw-less design

Closer look

The P-Secure external enclosure is a slim thin enclosure that is very shiny and well represented. The unit is made of black plastic. A top the enclosure you have the Azenx P-Secure on the top. Hardly seen is a power and activity light.

The control panel of the unit consist of a mini-USB connection, a plastic latch and an AC adapter port. The chances are the latter will never be used as the enclosure gets all its power from the USB port.

Pressing the plastic latch opens up the P-Secure to the world to see. There isn't too much to the enclosure but the plastic shell and a green PCB with an eSATA connection aboard.

To protect the enclosure from scratches and other damages, Dynatron enclosed a leather pouch to carry it around.


Installation and Testing

There isn't anything to assemblying the P-Secure with your HDD. Press in the latch at the end of the enclosure which will open the enclosure. Once open all you have to do slide the HDD in and onto the SATA/Power connector as you see here.

The P-Secure isn't about speed but convenience and security. But we did test the enclosure using HD Tune. And the number we saw are well within USB 2.0 standards.

The setup of the P-Secure security feature is simple and fast. Simple connect the P-Secure with HDD installed to your PC. Excute the application located on the CD enclosed with the enclosure. With the drive is not formatted all you have to do is enter the default password: 12345. Once done you set the size of the partition that you want to be locked down. The remaining partition will be seen as any other drive is.

We chose to split the size of the drive almost down the middle. After the formatting of the two partition we were ready to start saving our data to the unit.

We figured that we would try some simple things to get around the protect sector. First, we connected to drive straight to the motherboard using a standard SATA cable. You could heard the default sound for connecting a device but there was no visual signs from Windows or disk management. Then we connected the disk to another enclosure and the same thing. So Dynatron did a good job with protecting your data.


Conclusion

Dynatron took a simple concept and added a nice feature to it. There isn't anything special about the enclosure it except that no tools are needed to get inside nor to install the drive. And the fact it has a very sleek desgn to it. The latch operation is something we should see in more enclosures. I have collected so many of those little screwdrivers that comes with other drives.

The feature that makes the P-Secure what it is would be the locking down of a predetermine part of a drive. Only accessible only if you know the password the owner selected. And if do lose the drive you don't have to worry about anybody seeing what is on the protected partition even if they remove the drive from the enclosure. Believe we tried and got nothing.

The included leather pouch is needed with this enclosure as it is made of plastic and really shiny. Too shiny as we left all kinds of finger prints on it. BUt the pouch will definitely help.

The P-Secure will cost you about $35 from stores like Frys Electronics.

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