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Maxtor Black ArmorThe impenetrable Maxtor Black Armor is the Fort Knox of external hard drives, but the added security comes at a hefty price tag. This device might appeal to those who need the most protection possible, but the competition offers more space for less money.
>>[Background music] Hi, I'm Justin Yu, assistant editor, for CNET.com, here today with Maxtor Armor, external hard drive. So the Maxtor is different from other hard drives, in that, it incorporates 128 bit government grade encryptions built into the hardware. So this differentiates it from other external hard drives that have encryptions built into the software rather than the hardware. It only comes in one model 160 gigabytes, 5,400 rpm's, and 2.5 inch hard drive, pretty standard fare for external hard drives. As far as connectivity, it only has USB 2.0 but we kind of wish that it had firewire ports considering the price. It's $150 for a 160 gigs. We recently tested another hard drive that was only $30 more for 320 gigs. That's a fraction of the cost more for double the capacity. So you're paying a pretty high premium for the extra security. >>When you first plug it in it'll ask you to specify a user name and password and anytime you plug it in after that it'll ask you for that information again. There's also a host mode and a traveler mode. The host mode is only for the home and the traveler mode makes it so you can't reformat the hard drive. Another negative is that the transfer rates are also really slow. We've compared it to four other hard drives and it came in 10 megabits slower than every other hard drive in the test. And finally, its design is pretty boring, as you can see it has an uncovered port and it has this reflective part on the front that attracts fingerprints like no other. So all things considered, it's expensive; it's slow and doesn't have a lot of features. But if you're looking for a hard drive with the most data protection possible, the Maxtor Black Armor. Is it? >>[Background music] I'm Justin Yu, and this is the Maxtor Black Armor external hard drive.