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Wiebetech ToughTech Secure mini-Q Pocket Drive

Wiebetech ToughTech adds a mini-Q 2.5 inch drive that includes AES encrypted secure storage for your data along with Prosoft data backup software and a physical encryption key for added security.

Ease of Use, Performance: 21/25
Look & Feel: 23/25
Features 22/25
How much I enjoy 20/25

Total: 86/100

Wiebetech ToughTech Secure mini-Q Pocket Drive

Wiebetech is a computer storage provider that specializes in enclosures that include security physical key encryption along with a Kensington anti-theft lock cable attachment point. The Wiebetech ToughTech Secure mini-Q Pocket Drive is a hard drive enclosure available with  preinstalled 2.5 inch hard drive.

The ToughTech Secure Mini-Q is a pocket sized enclosure that comes with three connection options and the physical security of a 128 or 256 bit hardware key and a Kensington cable lock point. The ToughTech Mini-Q comes with the enclosure with hard drive preinstalled and formatted to either HSF+ or NTFS, a power adapter and four cables, three security keys along with lanyards and ID tags.

Whats in the Box

The ToughTech enclosure is 3 by 5 inches and 3/4 inches thick with the power, Firewire, USB and eSata connections on one end while the security key connection and LED indicators are on the other. The ToughTech mini-Q enclosure is aluminum with plastic ends and all the hardware inside to make use of the four connection options of Firewire 400, Firewire 800, USB 2.0 and eSATA.

The back of the enclosure has two Firewire connections that allow you to connect multiple drives in a daisy chain so you can have numerous drives connected in series with only one connection to your computer. The eSATA and USB 2.0 connection is a unique dual connection that has both the eSATA and USB connections on the same port.

Front of mini-Q

The enclosure has a circuit card under the drive and the drive mounts on the case along with the card sandwiched under the drive while the top enclosure slides onto the base. The ends of the enclosure are secured to the base of the enclosure by two screws on each end but I had problems right off the bat with the enclosed screwdriver.

The drive enclosure kit includes a small screwdriver but the head of the Philips screwdriver did not fit the screws of the hard drive at all. The enclosure is a bit of a mixed bag with the plastic ends but the sides and base of the enclosure are a nice aluminum construction.

Connections

The kit includes a pretty good software backup from Prosoft that works well enough but it is only a low end software set that does not have a lot of options other than basic backup and scheduling. The software is not the main features of the package, the security is much more important and well worth a look with its encryption key.

When you start using the drive you insert the key and the little green light will come on that is near the USB mini-B connection that tells you the drive is unlocked and ready for use. You can remove the key to allow others to use the drive as long as it stays plugged in but as soon as you remove power to the drive it locks and requires the encryption key to be inserted to unlock the drive.

Inside the ToughTech mini-Q

The drive also has the Kensington cable lock port to keep your drive safe from being carried away by potential thieves so you have some very good safety and security options. The keys are easy to use and don’t require any memorizing of passwords so you can simply grab a key and use that to control access.

The Wiebetech ToughTech Secure mini-Q is a full 2.5 inch hard drive that includes the security you want for business grade storage that works well and is convenient. The drive performs well and compared to my internal C drive and other external drives has very good read write speeds using any of the connections.

I highly recommend the Wiebetech ToughTech Secure Mini-Q drive for a convenient sized storage solution for business and secure home storage in a convenient and easy to use drive enclosure.

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