iStorage diskGenie 128GB SSD Review

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Testing and Usage

There is no software that needs to be installed prior to using the drive which is a very useful feature as some drives require software before you can use them, this limits the ability of just being able to plug in anywhere to access your files. The diskGenie SSD works on Microsoft XP, Vista or Windows 7, Mac OS 10.2 or greater and Linux, so due to this fairly large list of operating systems you’ll most likely have access to any one of the previously stated OS’ which means accessability wherever you may be. (Providing that you format the drive to FAT)

To start using the diskGenie SSD, you first need to plug the drive into an available USB port. Don’t worry when your computer does not detect the drive because you need to enter the unlock code and press the padlock key before the computer will detect the drive.

To unlock, you first need to enter the default passcode. This is set as “123456”. After you’ve entered the code press the “unlock/padlock” key and the computer will then detect the SSD and you’ll be able to use it. Obviously, “123456” is a fairly easy passcode to guess so you can change it by following the instructions below.

iStorage diskGenie 128GB SSD Review

It secures and protects all of your data with AES-256 encryption.

Please note: If the LED indicator is glowing red then the drive is locked, if it’s glowing green then it is unlocked.

Results

To test the diskGenie 128GB SSD, we used AS SSD Benchmark. AS SSD Benchmark can test a variety of things such as the read/write speeds and access times (how long it takes to access the drive in terms of reading/writing).

The results were good, no where near the speeds that an unencrypted SATA mounted SSD would be able to achieve though.

We saw read times of 32.26MB/s and write times of 30.54MB/s (these are averaged results after retesting a couple of times). As you can see, these are good speeds but for a SSD drive, they’re not so good. The main factor that’s pulling these speeds right down is the USB 2.0 cable because an unencrypted SATA-mounted SSD would be capable of upto 200MB/s read and write.

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