diskAshur SSD

diskAshur SSD

DiskAshur SSD - Encrypted USB Solid State Drive with PIN Access

The diskAshur SSD drive has been phased out and replaced with next generation diskAshur2 SSD ultra-secure drive. Please refer to diskAshur2 SSD page for complete product description, specification and online purchasing.

Looking for an effortless way to secure your data while taking advantage of lightning fast USB 3.0 speeds? Look no further than the iStorage diskAshur® SSD, the latest addition to the iStorage family of ultra-secure, easy to use and affordable products. With the same easy-to-use keypad design and software free setup, the iStorage diskAshur 3.0 enables you to access the drive with your own unique pin but now at data transfer speeds of up to 10X faster than USB 2.

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diskAshur USB3 256-bit SSD
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SUPER RESILIENT AND ROBUST portable encrypted Solid State Drive SECURE PIN ACCESS via alphanumeric keypad (6-16 digits)
Your choice of Real-time 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption BRUTE FORCE HACK DEFENCE MECHANISM
ADMINISTRATOR FEATURE - set 1 Admin PIN and up to 4 unique user PIN codes SOFTWARE FREE DESIGN - just plug and use also NO Admin Rights required
PLATFORM INDEPENDENT - Windows, Mac & Linux compatible GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED - the only portable hard drive to have been awarded CESG CCTM
The encryption algorithm used in the diskAshur encryption chip is NIST CERTIFIED Available in capacities of up to 256GB AND RISING

Why choose diskAshur SSD?

Based around a super resilient Solid State Drive and with no software to install, easy setup and Real-time 128-bit or 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption, the iStorage diskAshur SSD is the toughest data storage solution on the market.

Do you only access your data when you're at home or at the office? We know that not all job assignments or business travel takes place in ideal environments. The cold, the heat as well as humid conditions are common work environments for many. Knocks, drops, bumps and vibration are also a concern, as are sandy and dusty environments.

It's in these cases that the robustness of a Solid State Portable Drive is paramount. A drive cannot fail and data cannot afford to be lost. Your drive must not only be rugged but also secure and this is where the iStorage diskAshur Solid State Drive is unparalleled.


Why use the iStorage diskAshur Solid State Drive?

5x greater life expectancy than premium rotational hard drives

Works in extreme temperatures - 0ºC to 70ºC

Works in 95% humidity at temps under 131º F (55ºC)

Virtually shock and vibration resistant
    Rated to: Shock 1500G/0.5ms, Vibration 20G/20-2000Hz

With no moving parts, the diskAshur SSD is completely silent

Easy to use keypad, software free design and ability to work on ANY operating system makes corporate deployment a breeze.

With an easy to use keypad design and software free setup, the iStorage diskAshur SSD enables you to access the drive with your own unique 6-16 digit PIN. Featuring either AES 128-bit or 256-bit hardware encryption, the iStorage diskAshur SSD provides seamless real-time encryption, keeping your data safe even if the solid state drive is removed from its enclosure.

With no software installation required for setup or operation, the iStorage diskAshur SSD provides stress free deployment in a multitude of environments. Its Administrator feature allows enrolment of up to ten unique user ID's and one administrator, making it a useful business collaboration tool.

The iStorage diskAshur SSD low powered design and virtually indestructible construction is perfect for using with notebooks and taking your data on the road. Extremely portable, the iStorage diskAshur SSD compact, robust design features a convenient integrated USB cable; eliminating the need to carry around cords and allows you to be connected at the flick of a fingertip.

With storage capacities up to 256GB* It's perfect for storing that priceless data, whether it be your back-up, documents, photos, music or video files; the iStorage diskAshur SSD is the ideal storage device to safely transport your data between home and office, or wherever life takes you. With the iStorage diskAshur SSD, you know that your data is secure.

Hardware encryption:
  • The diskAshur cannot be brute force attacked
  • The diskAshur is not vulnerable to keyloggers as the PIN is entered on the unit rather than the keyboard
  • The diskAshur is not vulnerable to malware or viruses
  • Encryption is performed in real-time thus there is no speed degradation
  • No software or drivers are required
Encryption Benefits
Easy to use keypad design Unlock the drive with your own unique 6-16 digit PIN code
Real-time 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption Encrypts 100% of your data in real-time (no speed degradation) and keeps your data safe even if the Solid State drive is removed from the enclosure
No software installation No software required to setup or operate - making it perfect for corporate deployments
Administrator feature Allows enrolment of up to ten unique user ID's and one administrator, making it a useful business collaboration tool
Features Benefits
Ultra-portable design Ideal to take between home and the office or on trips
Integrated cable Integrated USB 3.0 cable
Low powered design Bus powered from standard USB port
Very rugged for the most demanding applications Built in Solid State Drive (SSD) with a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system
Hard Drive Capacities 64GB*, 128GB*, 240GB*, 256GB*, 512GB*, 750GB*, 1000GB*
Plug-n-Play and Compatible on any system No need to power down, just plug and go
Secure storage Excellent for notebook owners, road warriors, government, health care, insurance companies, financial institutions, HR departments and executives with sensitive data
Box Contents iStorage diskAshur Drive with integrated cable, Quick Start Guide, Auxiliary power cable & neoprene travel pouch
Technical Specifications
Data Transfer Rates USB 3.0
Power Supply 100% bus powered
Interface Hi-Speed USB 3.0
Silent Runs silent and cool with no moving mechanical parts
Reliable Less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
Shock resistant No moving parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions than a hard drive
Vibration - non operating 20 G Peak (10-2000Hz)
Vibration - operating 2.17 G Peak (7-800 Hz)
Storage temperatures 40ºC to 85ºC
Operating temperatures 0ºC to 70ºC
Life expectancy 1 million hours MTBF 64GB & 128GB
500,000 hours MTBF 30GB
Dimensions & weight 19mm X 84.5mm X 120mm (0.75" X 3.3" X 4.7") weight: 6.2 oz.
Warranty 3 years parts and labour
System Requirements Hardware: PC compatible computer with Pentium CPU or similar, 32MB of RAM, CD-ROM or CD-RW, USB 1.2 or 2.0, Apple G3 or later
Operating systems: Microsoft XP, Vista or Windows 7, Mac OS 10.2 or greater, Linux
Ordering Information iStorage Part Number: IS-DG-128-SSD-xxx & IS-DG-256-SSD-xxx (xxx=drive size in GBs)
*One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes; accessible capacity will be less and actual capacity depends on the operating environment and formatting.

diskAshur SSD datasheet

diskAshur SSD Quick Start Guide

 diskAshur SSD Manual

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We strongly recommend that you carefully read this User Manual, shipped with the device or available for download on our website before contacting us for technical support.

There are no 'Back Doors' to our products, we cannot retrieve a forgotten PIN or retrieve any data off the drives unless the PIN is known.

Below are answers for the most frequently asked questions:

How do I use the diskAshur SSD drive for the first time?

You can use it in one of the following ways:

(1) Change the Admin PIN or create a User PIN;

  • Connect the iStorage diskAshur SSD to your computer's USB port, you will get a solid RED light.
  • Hold down the 0 & Padlock keys for 5 seconds, RED light flashes.
  • Enter the Admin Mode with 123456 & Padlock (default administrator password), the BLUE light then appears signalling the iStorage diskAshur SSD is in Admin mode.
  • You are now able to change the Admin Password or create a User Password in Admin mode.

(2) Directly enter the User Mode to start using the iStorage diskAshur SSD;

  • Connect the iStorage diskAshur SSD to your computer's USB port, you will get a solid RED light.
  • Enter the Admin code 123456 & Padlock (default administrator password), now GREEN light appears and iStorage diskAshur SSD is ready to use.

What length does my new Admin or User PIN need to be?

Any new Admin or User code that is setup has to be a minimum of 6 digits and be no more than 16 digits long (6-16 digits).

What can I do if I forget the User PIN?

Use your Admin PIN to enter Admin Mode, and then create another User PIN in Admin Mode.

What can I do if I forget the Admin PIN?

There is no other way to retrieve the Admin PIN except a complete reset of the iStorage diskAshur SSD. After a complete reset, all data will be lost and you will need to initialise, allocate and format the iStorage diskAshur SSD manually. You then will be able to use the default Admin Password 123456.

Why did the operating system not recognise the iStorage diskAshur SSD after I enter the User Mode after complete reset of the iStorage diskAshur SSD?

You need to initialise, allocate and format the diskAshur SSD drive manually. For more information, refer to "Initialising and formatting the Hard Drive after a complete reset" in the product manual.

Can I initialise and format the diskAshur SSD with Windows user account?

No, this is a Windows limitation, you must use the Admin account to initialise and format the iStorage diskAshur SSD.

How do I use the iStorage diskAshur SSD without a password?

As a full disk encryption product, the iStorage diskAshur SSD can never be used without a password.

What encryption algorithm is used in this product?

The iStorage diskAshur SSD uses either AES 128-bit or AES 256-bit algorithm.

Why could I not change my User PIN which has the same digits as the Admin PIN?

You can change it only in the Admin Mode. In the User Mode, the User PIN which has the same digits is created in the Admin Mode cannot be changed or deleted.

Why could I not initialise, partition or format the iStorage diskAshur SSD?

Ensure that you have administrator privileges for your computer. You can use only the administrator account to initialise partition or format the iStorage diskAshur SSD in the User Mode.

How many unique User ID's can I create?

The Administrator feature allows enrolment of up to FOUR (4) unique User ID's and ONE (1) Administrator. If a User forgets their PIN, the diskAshur SSD can be unlocked using the Admin PIN.

Do I require 'Admin Rights' for the iStorage diskAshur SSD to work?

No, since the iStorage diskAshur SSD does not require any software to be installed and the encryption/decryption is performed in Hardware on the drive itself, "Admin Rights" are not required.

I'm getting a continuously flashing RED light - what is wrong?

You may have entered an incorrect PIN too many times and have triggered the Brute Force Attack Protection; you can reset this counter by referring to the `Brute Force Attack Protection` section of the iStorage diskAshur SSD manual.

My diskAshur SSD drive locks for no reason when connected to my computer whilst I am using it, what is causing this?

The issue you are having is being caused by power saving settings on your computer so please see below and make the appropriate changes to your computer and this will stop the iStorage drive from locking.

Microsoft Windows

Doing the following will prevent Windows from switching off the diskAshur SSD, go to `Control Panel` & `Power Options`, the easier option is to disable power saving which means stopping the computer from `Sleeping`.

In addition go into Advanced Settings in Power Option to disable the following:

  • Ensure the computer is set to sleep: Never
  • Turn off hard disk after: 999999 Minutes
  • USB selective suspend setting: Disabled

This will keep any iStorage hard drive connected to the computer continuously on.

Note: For Windows 8.1 users You will need to install a Windows update (KB2919355) as well as follow the steps above. Please go to this link and choose Method 2: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2919355. Once the download option appears select KB2919355 and then download and install.

Apple Mac

Drives keep locking after 5-10 minutes on the Macs.
This will be due the Mac's power saving as there is a setting to switch off hard drives that are idle after a fix period of time see below.

The settings in Energy Saver preferences affect what happens when your Mac is left unattended for a period of time that you specify.

Disable Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible to prevent the diskAshur SSD going to sleep and not locking. You will also need to stop the computer sleeping to prevent the diskAshur SSD from locking.

My iStorage diskAshur SSD locks when my computer sleeps/hibernates. How can I stop this?

The only way to prevent this is by changing the power settings (Windows computers) of the computer so that it only switches of the monitor on hibernation/sleep and keeps power to hard drives and USB. On Apple MAC computers going to the power settings in `System Preferences` and clicking the do not suspend USB will keep the drive alive even if the MAC goes into full hibernation

I'm not getting a RED light from iStorage diskAshur SSD when connected to my computer?

Your computer may not have enough power going through to the USB to power the iStorage diskAshur SSD. Use the supplied USB Y-Power cable to ensure full power to the iStorage diskAshur SSD.

I want to use my iStorage diskAshur SSD drive with different Operating Systems how can that be done?

To make the iStorage diskAshur SSD drives universally compatible with all the most common Operating Systems requires the drive to be formatted using the FAT file system. This is done by using `Disk Management` in Windows, `Disk Utility` on MAC OS/x or MKFS in Linux.

What is BadUSB and are iStorage devices susceptible to this exploit?

BadUSB is a theoretical exploit that was presented by SR Labs at the Black Hat conference in August of 2014. SR Labs demonstrated a vulnerability in one USB device that allowed malicious code to be programmed into the USB controller through a firmware update process.

The attack described is very sophisticated and in the case of iStorage products would require advanced knowledge of our USB controller, a leaked version of our firmware, the programming tool to update our controller, the password used for our programming tool, and an in depth understanding of the device's functionality, etc.

According to SR Labs, the failsafe method to eliminate this threat is to simply disable the ability to update the controller's firmware. Many of iStorage devices shipping today, including all of our USB 3.0 security products already have the firmware locked which prevents field updates to the USB controller.

As a continuous improvement, iStorage is locking down the firmware on all USB controlles used in iStorage devices to safeguard against this vulnerability. We recommend checking our website periodically for notices regarding BadUSB and Security Updates.