ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.
Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.
ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL
Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today. The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and use in our benchmark testing.
TxBench is one of our newly discovered benchmarks that we works much the same as Crystal Diskmark, but with several other features. Advanced load benchmarking can be configured, as well as full drive information and data erasing via secure erase, enhanced secure erase, TRIM and overwriting. Simply click on the title for a free copy.
REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The DataLocker DL4 is one of the simplest and most complete encrypted SSDs we have tested to date. Not only is its setup extremely quick and simple, but also, the DL4 FE can be used on even the most complex managed system that allows for open drive access where no system password or management is necessary. Plug it in. Enter your password and go. It is just that simple and with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification-pending, nobody is getting at your data if the DL4 FE is ever stolen or lost.
It is all that much more attractive with a color screen where the numbers, letters and special characters are randomly placed each and every time you turn the DL4 FE on. It has complete password management, can be set to destruct internally after so many wrong password inputs, and can even have a secret passcode to destroy its contents should you ever be forced to input your password under duress. At the admin level, complete control can be gained, removed and monitored remotely with the ability to lock, wipe, change password, destroy the contents or the device.
The DataLocker DL4 FE comes with a solid 3-year warranty that covers just about everything but the ability to recover your data if you lose your password. Once it’s locked, there is only one way to retrieve it. As for pricing, we can find the hard drive versions listed on Amazon at this point but not the SSD versions. Checking around the internet, we see the 1TB sample we are testing today typically listed just below the $700 mark which is probably the only knock that we can find for the DataLocker DL4 FE Encrypted SSD; we would like to see pricing brought down just a bit, as well as mass availability.