The iStorage diskAshur DT2 is an external hard disc drive with a difference. (is an encrypted desktop hard drive) The box advised designed and developed in the Uk with military-grade encryption with pin authenticated. The box made no mention of GDPR but compatible. The 4 TB HDD had a number keypad on the HDD. The diskAshur DT2 was a 4 TB HDD which was heavier than expected, the unit had a 13-button keypad which was soft to touch. Built with wear resistant epoxy coated keypad. The keypad provides ultra-secure, PIN authenticated, USB 3.1 desktop harddrive. The enclosure is full aluminium with plastic end caps, the unit is encrypted desktop hard drive. The manufacturers advise “If you don’t have the pin code there is no access to the disc”

Box Contains

Drive, Universal Mains Adapter, USB cable & Quick Start Guide


  • Common Criteria EAL4+ ready on-board secure microprocessor
  • Real-time military grade AES-XTS 256-bit Full-Disk Hardware Encryption
  • FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm (10X faster than USB 2.0)
  • Encryption keys are always encrypted while at rest
  • Brute Force Hack Defence Mechanism
  • Tamper Proof
  • Immune to BadUSB
  • Epoxy coated wear resistant keypad
  • No speed degradation – as fast as any non-encrypted USB 3.1 HDD
  • Desk Lock Slot
  • All components covered with a layer of super tough epoxy resin
  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 (US), NCSC CPA (UK), NLNCSA BSPA (NL) & NATO Restricted level Certified
  • No software or drivers required – 100% Hardware Encryption
  • Read-Only (Write Protect) & Read/Write modes
  • PIN authenticated – Supports Admin and User Independent PINs 7-15 digits in length
  • Self Destruct Feature
  • Drive Reset Feature for easy redeployment
  • Super Speed USB 3.1
  • Unattended Auto-Lock feature
  • No admin rights needed
  • OS & Platform Independent – Works on any device with a USB port

The unit is not portable (required to be plugged in at the mains) with the only factor that looks out of place was the 12 v charger. The charger came with a variety of pin types allowing use in a high number of countries, the charger while came with a lot of country adapters looked cheap and the socket looks like could be a mechanical point of failure. The rest of the unit looked strong and sturdy.

Warranty: – 2-year warranty

Setup and use:

There is no setup required, plug the USB lead into your laptop and charger into the mains socket, the diskAshur connect to the laptop. The diskAshur DT2 used Super-fast USB 3.1 but will work on older version of USB standards. The LED will light up with different colours on the status Once connected enter the pin code and the HDD work as normal. The Pin code is required to be changed from the default, once changed the HDD cannot be accessed without the pin code. The security has numerous certification encryption to prevent access.

GDPR compliance:

The diskAshur DT2 is GDPR compliant in that if personal data is lost/stolen in the diskAshur DT2, the HDD “render the personal data unintelligible” from the data breach, the data is still secure even if the hard drive is removed from its enclosure. This ensures personal data is secure and GDPR Implementation compliance “appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk, including…encryption of personal data” (Article 32, Security of processing). In the event of a data breach, the organization is not required to inform individuals of the breach if measures that “render the personal data unintelligible” where in place, including encryption (Article 34, Communication of a personal data breach to the data subject).


We have tested diskAshur in the past with great pleasure ease to use and secure. The diskAshur DT2 would not look out of place in a bond movie but works as a standard external hard drive. The unit is solid which an excellent amount of storage on the unit. The product looks strong and secure only let down by what looks like a cheap 12 v charger and socket to the main HDD. The encryption is to military standards which would ensure GDPR compliance in the event the HDD was lost or stolen. The diskAshur DT2 is NCSC CPA, FIPS 140-2 Level 3, NLNCSA BSPA and NATO Restricted Level certified encrypted desktop hard drive.

The iStorage diskAshur DT2is available in size from 1TB to 14TB ensuring the most size of data is covered. This storage may be classed as expensive in terms of standard external HDD, but in the event of loss or theft of the data, this HDD could save a company’s reputation and immense fines. This is a product that is a requirement for any business that required data to be backed up or moved from site to site that requires secure data transfer. This is a product that will grow exponential in sales once the Data Protection Commissioner enforces fines regarding GDPR. £339.00 each

By brendanlahert

20 years’ experience in the commercial technical industry. Interested in technology. Certified ITIL v3 Service Management, Project Management Prince 2, Six Sigma.