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Apricorn Aegis Vault Encrypted Hard Drive

At a Glance
  • Apricorn Aegis Vault (320 GB)

Recently we looked at eight different encrypted portable drives, and Apricorn's Aegis Vault landed in the middle, in fourth place.

Take the company's Aegis Bio (our second-place choice) and remove its fingerprint reader, and you have the Aegis Vault ($260 for 500GB). The two models are virtually identical, but in this case you must submit a password to unlock the drive.

In many respects the Aegis Vault is a decent, slightly pricier duplicate of Seagate's Maxtor BlackArmor (our Best Buy pick) and its basic features, but with a convenient built-in USB cable.

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


    • Simple to use
    • Lightweight


    • Integrated USB cable can be hard to move
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