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Several years ago, I received a phone call from the manager of the accounting staffing company I work for during the week.
A multi-national corp. needed someone to help with the transition from one payroll system to another. When I got there, I soon discovered they were primarily interested in going in a direction other than the one their Human Resources department was taking.
The problem of change was difficult because no one other than the payroll manager had access to the years of payroll files, which he alone encrypted on “his” [the company’s] laptop.
It took a new accounting system and new corp. director of HR to circumvent his monopoly on the company’s privileged information.
The mistake they made, made it very clear to me the benefits and the consequences of encryption.
With encryption, you should have three things in place before you encrypt any information:
1. You have a solid, concrete reason for encrypting information. (i.e. what would be lost if this information were to be exposed to the wrong people?)
2. You must have a conspicuous place where the encrypted information is kept. (And, this can be anything like a locked file room in an executive’s office, or it is stored online in a email account that alone a few know exists.)
3. You should have at least three (3) responsible people with knowledge of the password.
The danger is if any information is encrypted and the password (sometimes, called the “Network Key”) is not known, then the data is lost.
The enclosure turns an internal harddrive into an external one. So, if a computer’s motherboard is damaged but the harddrive is salvageable, the enclosure case theoretically allows you to see and edit the files if it is connected to another computer via the usb drive.
This is precisely what happened to one of our company’s laptops. (The enclosure drive that I bought to house the HDD is shown in the video.)
*** Inspection ***
The Satechi “Lockdown” system comes with:
* The enclosure case. The case has a numeric touchpad on the front panel. USB 3.0 Y-cable to dual usb heads.
* Screws and a 0-point Philips head screwdriver.
* Vinyl case and a cleaning cloth.
* Measures approximately 4.75” x 3” x 1/2”
This is only slightly bigger than an older enclosure case we had been using for the past several years ago.
*** Installation ***
We had a spare internal harddrive that we removed from a 5- year old MacBook Pro --160 GB/ 7200 rpm drive—
After I slid off the metal backing, turned the harddrive over and matched up the connectors, it was roughly 1 minute after I screwed in the two small screws at the top.
*** Results ***
This drive by Satechi called “The Lockdown” is a nice improvement over the current generation of harddrive enclosure cases. The material is better and it certainly is more rugged than the model by StarTech that we’ve been using for years.
It’s my professional opinion that the option to encrypt be taken after careful consideration because the danger of not being able to access your information once the drive has been encrypted.
But, I like the idea that if I needed to encrypt, that the option is there.
This drive by Satechi is an excellent buy nonetheless.