We have reviewed several security-positioned portable SSDs over the years and one of the most common things we get is that companies are awaiting their FIPS certification. This doesn’t speak negative to the product being reviewed whatsoever but, when we get a truly certified product in hand, it is nice. Today, we are looking at the Secure Data SecureDrive KP Encrypted Portable SSD and this is the second time we have had a Secure Drive product in hand, our last being the similar looking SecureDrive BT we reviewed in September of 2019.
The Secure Data SecureDrive KP encrypted Portable SSD is available in capacities ranging from 250GB to 8TB with an SSD contained as storage, and contains a rather outdated microUSB port at its base for the provided bus powered cables. It is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certified which is the US Government standard and it comes with a 3-year warranty.
Packaging includes the drive itself, a USB 3.0 cable, Type-C cable, handy case and a Quick Start Guide. It is very simple to start. You plug it into your PC or laptop, press the key button, enter the 7-15 digit pin and hit the key again. The drive is then recognized by your PC as an open storage volume. To change from the factory default pin, one simply presses the key, enters the default pin, presses the key two more times, enters a new more personalized pin, presses the key twice, re-enter the new pin for confirmation and press the key twice to save. If you forget your pin, you get 10 tries before the device erases all data within.
The SecureDrive KP has AES 256-Bit XTS full hardware encryption, all components within are epoxy covered so the drive cannot be physically hacked, and there is an auto-lock feature just in case one forgets to lock the device.
It has admin/user roles for business, a safe delete/wipe all data and keys selection, and works with any device that contains a USB port, including USB 2.0 devices. Listed specifications for data transfer speeds are 292MB/s read and 299MB/s write but we can show that this device performs at a much higher speed and is fully compatible with Windows 11.
We tested with the USB 3 and Type-C cables and performance matched for both. In checking e-tailers, we found the 1TB version of the Secure Data SecureDrive KP priced at $371 on Amazon which was much cheaper than we found it on Secure Data’s own website. Perhaps the only concern we might have with this solution is that there might be wear on the keys after entering the password over and over again. Still, it is Certified, very secure and very easy to use.