To test this device I played around with the security features to see how easily workable they were. Since they are the most important aspects of this device, the only other avenue of testing I went down was benchmarking the read/write speed and real world transfer speed of the Genie.
For this review I have added results from a Western Digital Caviar SE 500GB. While this is very likely to trounce the DiskGenie in terms of data transfer speed, it’s purely there to give an idea of general HDD performance. The other comparison drive is an ATV Turbo 4GB flash drive.
Intel Core 2 Duo EQ9450 @ 3.2Ghz
Asus P5QL Pro
Super Talent 6400 4GB @ 800Mhz
Auzentech Prelude 7.1
Western Digital Raptor 75GB, Western Digital Caviar SE 500GB
Windows 7 Ultimate
Lian Li PC-B25F
The DiskGenie does a reasonably good job of keeping up with the potentially much faster flash drive. In read speed it actually managed to eclipse the ATV Turbo in terms of read speed, but lost out on the write portion.Understandably the 500GB HDD trounced it though.
For the real world testing I transferred 40 files of 49MB to each storage device and used a stop watch to time how long it took. The iStorage Genie did lose out here unfortunately.
|iStorage Disk Genie|
The other test that I did for this review was making use of the passcode protection features and I found them quite easy to use. You can change the passcode easily enough using a series of button presses outlined in the instruction setup guide, and it only takes a minute or so. You can have multiple user accounrs allowing several people to use it without having only one user code.
One thing that must be remembered with the DiskGenie though is that if you forget both the admin and user passwords, you will not be able to access the device againvery easily. This is because it utilises an impressive 256bit encryption making it very hard to crack. Not only this, but the drive is resistant to brute force attacks and will lock you out from accessing the drive after 6 attempts. You can reset this by simply unplugging, and replugging the device, but this can only be done so many times. After the 50th attempt the Disk Genie locks you out completely. Only information found in the manual can give you any hope of accessing your data after this. After 100 attempts, the only way to reuse the drive is to format it.
Ultimately this is a pretty secure device that’s quick and easy to access, and the login code can be changed whenever you like in a simple manner.
While the DiskGenie does come packing an in-built 250GB Western Digital 5400RPM 8MB cache HDD, it costs a rather hefty £120 at the cheapest, with the 500GB versions selling for almost £200.