LABS GALLERY: Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS Takes a Beating and Keeps on Reading

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LABS GALLERY: Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS Takes a Beating and Keeps on Reading

LABS GALLERY: Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS Takes a Beating and Keeps on ReadingBy Matthew D. Sarrel

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Installation

The first time I inserted the JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS into my Windows Vista 64 PC, drivers were automatically installed and the JumpDrive icon appeared.

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Unencrypted Volume

Double-clicking the JumpDrive icon opened the unencrypted volume. At this point, I could choose between running the PC or Mac OS application.

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Passphrase

When the application launches, the user is asked for a passphrase. If the passphrase is entered incorrectly multiple times, the device deletes all data from itself.

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Locked Up

After entering the correct passphrase, a lock icon appears in the system tray.

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SAFE

Finally, the SAFE volume appears as drive H:, which is accessible when the user is logged into the drive. Once the user logs out, the volume can no longer be accessed.

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Torture Testing

After several weeks of torture testing, the Lexar JumpDrive SAFE S3000 FIPS looked somewhat worse for wear, but continued to function as it did when new.

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Bloody but Unbowed

Here is another photo of the torture-tested JumpDrive.

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It Keeps Going ...

For comparison, heres the normal USB flash memory after it took a dive off of the roof of my four-story building. Surprisingly, it still works.

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Smashed Drive

The IronKey Enterprise S200 FIPS withstood a similar beating while looking (cosmetically) slightly worse for wear.

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