It has become standard practice for users to back their data up to portable drives since they have become available and the price has become reasonably affordable. The one point that has made them a risky since the beginning is there is no security unless the user implements their own security with some sort of encryption software. Windows 7 does have bit locker available, but it only comes with the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7 which majority of users do not own. WiebeTech a brand of CRU DataPort has released a product that is unlike any portable drive we have reviewed previously. The mini-Q is a 2.5″ portable drive which has encryption built-in and uses a mini USB dongle to active the access to the drive. Let us take a look at how this works.
The package we received from WiebeTech consisted of a mini-Q drive which contains a 750GB hard drive, three security dongles with lanyards, eSATA cable, USB cable, FireWire cables, power adapter and backup software. The contents seemed a little overwhelming but rest assured that you will not need all these cables all the time.