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Encrypted Drives Keep Your Files Safe

At a Glance

This top-notch drive earns points for its intuitive out-of-the-box experience and its reasonable price.

Pros

  • Extremely quiet operation
  • Includes backup and secure-deletion utilities

Cons

  • Plastic housing could be more rugged
  • Requires Windows to log in or decrypt
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At a Glance

This cool, capable data-sharing device will appeal to business users and techies alike.

Pros

  • Platform-agnostic drive
  • Numeric keypad is easy to use and looks good

Cons

  • Reprogramming the password can be difficult
  • Requires use of a second USB port for power
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At a Glance

Provides the ultimate data protection in a portable flash drive, but at a steep price.

Pros

  • Simple setup process
  • Rugged, waterproof aluminum case

Cons

  • Some features require Windows
  • Very pricey
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At a Glance

With its hardware encryption and biometric fingerprint scanner, this drive is one of the handiest security tools we've seen.

Pros

  • Lightweight and comfortable to carry
  • Fingerprint reader serves multiple functions

Cons

  • Initial setup requires Windows
  • Drive feels less rugged than comparable models
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At a Glance

This solid, relatively inexpensive drive is one of the few that's suitable for both Mac and PC users.

Pros

  • Integrated fingerprint reader and FireWire
  • Very rugged cast-aluminum case

Cons

  • Fingerprint reader has limited functionality
  • Large, heavy case isn't very portable
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At a Glance

This slightly more expensive alternative to Seagate's BlackArmor model sports a built-in USB cable.

Pros

  • Simple to use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Integrated USB cable can be hard to move
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At a Glance

This U3 drive can take a licking and still maintain your data, but it lacks high-end encryption.

Pros

  • Inexpensive U3 flash drive with "lock" function
  • Solid metal housing with a recessed USB plug

Cons

  • Security is not the dominant feature
  • Finding the settings is somewhat difficult
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At a Glance

The touch-screen controls on this drive look like a gimmick, but they make common tasks far easier.

Pros

  • Aluminum construction balances durability, weight
  • Touch screen simplifies setup and log-in

Cons

  • Key beeping can be too loud
  • Power cord may be needed on some systems
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