BlackArmor: Locked and Loaded

Seagate Technology's attractive, portable backup drive emphasizes security, its No. 1 sales feature. Just don't forget your password

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Sleek, lightweight drive locks your data away from prying eyes

The Bad: Setup requires running Windows in administrator mode, a privilege many companies don't grant workers

The Bottom Line: One of the most secure ways to protect data, but corporate PC users will need administrator rights

In my eight-month quest for better backup for business professionals, I've tried svelte hard drives that slip in a pocket, stylish drives that shimmer with designer touches, and portly drives that stand on a desk and house huge amounts of data. In June, storage vendor Seagate Technology (STX) came out with BlackArmor, a $150 portable drive that aims to one-up all of those: a way to back up data so securely that even losing the drive won't compromise its contents.

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