Sharkoon Release Hard Drive Enclosure with RFID Encryption

"Sharkoon Swift-Case Securita: With RFID encryption to protect against unauthorized access"

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Sharkoon Swift-Case Securita: With RFID encryption to protect against unauthorized access
 
In order to offer customers the best possible protection against data thieves, Sharkoon is expanding its Swift-Case line up of external hard drive enclosures by adding a model with RFID access control. The Sharkoon Swift-Case Securita for 2.5" SATA hard drives comes equipped with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology that protects against unauthorized access. Within the silver aluminium enclosure sits a RFID transceiver that responds solely to the accompanying RFID transponder. The transponder comes in a simple plastic fob design that attaches securely to key chains.

As a part of the initial setup, the RFID transceiver and transponder go through a coding process in order establish a unique encryption key. After the coding process, the hard drive can be locked or unlocked with a simple wave of the transponder in front of the sensor on the enclosure. In its locked state the hard drive is not recognized by computers or operating systems. The radio frequency itself is also protected by 128-bit AES encryption. Up to three different hard drives can be encrypted and protected by any one Swift-Case Securita, and then swapped in and out of the one enclosure. When unlocked, these additional hard drives can be used by directly connecting them to a computer or through a separate external housing; however, in their locked state access is not possible even when directly connected to a computer or through an external hard drive enclosure. A replacement transponder is also included and configured as a backup during the initial setup.

The Swift-Case Securita transfers data to computers via USB 2.0 and power is provided through an included USB Y cable that uses the power from a second USB port. Supported operating systems include Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32 bit), Mac OS 9.x/10.x and Linux from version 9.1. Included with the package users will find two RFID transponders, a USB Y cable (2x USB A / 1x mini-USB), screw driver, transport bag and an instruction manual.

Customers will find the Sharkoon Swift-Case Securita available from authorized retailers for the suggested retail price of 34 euros.

In case of further questions or to request photos and other informational material, feel free to contact us or go to www.sharkoon.com.
Sharkoon Swift case
 
RFID device
 
A novelty device or 'the real McCoy' for keeping your data secure?
 
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12-01-2008, 18:23:16

mrapoc
Its weird
Its my mate's and it was workin fine until his bro did a defrag seemingly pushed it over the edge (overheat or what :S)

Basically at his i checked all cables were hooked up and basically on startup it said disk failure insert system disk. Then i try starting the windows disk and where you select a partition etc. it says the disk could not be accessed or something. If i press enter to install it bsods.

I then took it home and hooked it up into my ide and windows cannot boot (sticks on windows bar and thats wen loading from my hdd too!!!).

Ideas?

12-01-2008, 18:27:59

ionicle
load up your OS and set it as a slave, you can then retreve files from it, reformat it, and voila...

i think anyway..

12-01-2008, 18:33:47

mrapoc
It wont detect if i start the os first will it? (as in needs to boot with it connected surely)

Wen i try to boot with it connected it foobars my existing install so i cant boot. :S

12-01-2008, 21:40:01

jabski
stick it in the freezer.
It want make it last forever thou. Make sure to get important data first

13-01-2008, 02:59:36

mrapoc
Will i need to put it in a sandwich bag or something to stop the majority of condensation or w/e

Or just shove it in

Leave for a couple of hours

Hook it up

Get data

Buy new hdd


Strange thing is - bios only detects it when its not in a series with my cd drive (only got one IDE)

Might wack it into old pc downstairs, run killdisk (to zero the hdd) and see whay happens

How can i check hdd life to determine if its actually gone to heaven/hell

13-01-2008, 14:29:18

Toxteth O'Grady
Enable S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) for the disk in your bios and check it's status with something like PC Wizard or Speedfan

:cool:

TOG

13-01-2008, 14:41:37

Toxcity
Sam, have you set it as a slave.
If not you will end up with the freezing at boot. :)

13-01-2008, 15:02:58

ali_james
If it doesn't want to work with or without another device on the IDE channel (I'm guessing it doesn't) there should be a little jumper which you can change to slave position. Like said above, if you can get it into windows or whatever try something to look at the SMART.

13-01-2008, 15:44:17

mrapoc
Oh right

Didnt know i had to change the jumper (should have looked at the message on the top saying "No jumper = slave" lol

Will get back to you

13-01-2008, 16:52:57

mrapoc
Did it

booted

detected and installed...its in device manager

nothing in my computer
nothing in disk management

detected in bios

windows setup cannot access the disk
killdisk just throws an error
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