What is CipherShield Smart Insert technology?
Smart Insert with CipherKey allows you to have total control of your data with two intelligent key insertion modes. Standard design with all CipherShield drives, mode 0 with hotplug mechanism enables you to authenticate and access the drive when the CipherKey is plugged in. When the key is removed, all data within the drive are encrypted.
Mode 1 is better utilized for a large data backup job where you don’t want to be tied waiting for the data transfer to be completed. The CipherShield drive is authenticated by plugging the key in once and removed. The drive runs without the need to have the key connected at all times. The risk of theft is no longer a concern because when a USB or power cable is unplugged, the drive will automatically lock down its content. This particular key insertion mode is only available via a direct order from Buslink, or call us at 626-336-1888 if you intend to order from other resellers or your preferred IT solution providers instead.
How to operate the drive?
All CipherShield drives utilize a CipherKey or two CipherKeys to gain access to the drive. Access to the drive is granted by inserting the key into a slot on the faceplate. By removing the key, data cannot be accessed even though the drive is still connected to the computer. When the key is removed, the drive is “transparent” to the operating system of a computer, thereby ensuring full protection of the data.
What is CipherKey, and how does it protect the CipherShield drive?
The CipherKey is a physical key with a design based on the Firewire form factor. It contains the secret encryption key code necessary for encryption and decryption operations. The hard drive has been partitioned and formatted using the CipherKey, thus the entire content of the hard drive is associated only with this unique key. Only a CipherKey containing the identical secret encryption key code can be used for authentication or to unlock the drive.
Why should I need CipherShield encrypted drive?
The sensitive nature of confidential information is driving the need to secure data stored on all portable computer systems. CipherShield’s innovative solution ensures multi-level privacy, confidentiality, and authentication – allowing organizations to protect valuable assets, credentials, and intellectual property that are exposed to significant risk of theft. Legal liability and the financial consequences associated with stolen confidential information require organizations to go to extreme lengths to protect their data. CipherShield encrypted storage products offer superior hardware-based encryption and pre-boot authentication, thus allowing companies to shield their data and regulate control over access to their corporate and sensitive customers information. By doing that, they comply with federal regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, or HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) for the healthcare industry.
Why hardware encryption is better than software-based encryption?
The encryption strength of the software-based / password protection approach depends entirely on the strength/unguessability of the password itself. Not only that, you have to take into consideration the fact that…. people just forget. With today’s hectic life, remembering a complex password like “Myd0g$N4me#7” with all the numbers, punctuations, and mixed uppercase and lowercase letters, will eventually lead to the password in a post-in note and stuck somewhere to the wall, or else they’re just going to create a simple password like “john123”. And then think about the scenario when the user does forget. With hardware-based key encryption, the key itself is the password. The encryption and decryption, which utilize a government-grade AES encryption algorithm, are done by a processor embedded inside. The access to the data doesn’t rely on a password, which could be easily hacked, but on a physical element.
Apart from a faster, real-time processing of data encryption and decryption, hardware-based encryption is also not as vulnerable as software-based password input in terms of brute force attack of password guessing. An attacker can plug the drive into the computer and have a program performs hundreds of password guessing in a second. Furthermore, there will also a cross-platform issue with the software-based password feature, in which it will only work in Windows PC, not Mac or Linux. With hardware-based encryption, this won’t be an issue at all. The main advantage to CipherShield over other security methods is that our product is designed to be used by everyone and anyone. Unlike software encryption, there are no passwords to remember or complex installation. Such methods usually require MIS support and are quite expensive to maintain.
File system formats explained
There are many types of file system used to store data on drives. The types depend on the operating system (OS) used. Microsoft Windows supports FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and exFAT. Macintosh supports FAT32, HFS+, exFAT, and NTFS (read-only). Linux supports: Ext4, ZFS, xfs, NTFS (need to enable support), and exFAT (need to enable support). It is best to use the native format for better security, compatibility, and speed, i.e. NTFS for Windows, Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for Macintosh, and Ext4 for Linux. If you need to use your drive in multiple OS, reformat your drive to exFAT. All our drives with USB-C come with exFAT as the default format so you can use it in all the OS.
The model number of all BUSlink hard drives are located at the back panel of the unit, where all the power and interface ports are. If you have any questions or difficulty in downloading the files, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUSlink USB 3.0 SuperSpeed PCI-Express Card (U3-PCIE)
L and D series USB 1.1 hard drives ( with yellow panel )
Please note that we no longer provide phone support for L, D, or P series hard drive.
- Only use setup2000.exe if 3in1.exe does not work
- For Windows 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP SP1 and SP2 only
- Will not work with Windows XP SP 3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Note: We have discontinued support for L and D series hard drives, including any updates for the drivers. If you’re on Windows XP SP3 and above, the only option is to remove the IDE hard drive from the case and plug directly to your PC, or purchase a USB to IDE adaptor, or purchase a new USB 2.0 enclosure. Please email email@example.com for a current list of product examples.
Buslink USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (UII-xxx)
BUSlink Combo USB 2.0 and FireWire External Hard Drive (CO-xxx-U2FE)
BUSlink Triple Interface External Hard Drive (CO-xxx-U2FS)
Disk-On-The-Go USB 2.0 (D-xx-U2)
Disk-On-The-Go Lite Dual Interface USB 2.0 and FireWire (DL-xx-U2F)
Disk-On-The-Go Lite USB 2.0 (DL-xx-U2)
Power adapter for desktop drive: DC output 12V – 2A
Power adapter for Slim drive: DC output 7.5V – 1.2A
- All these models are plug and play.
- The mass storage driver is built in on most OS.
- You only need to install the driver if the computer is still on Windows 98SE.
All FireWire drives including FireWire Data Bankers and Disk-On-The-Go external notebook drives are plug and play.
There is no separate driver available, and none is needed.
- FireWire Drive with 1 FireWire port will not work with OS X
- All BUSlink External Optical Drives are plug and play, especially those models that start with UII-xx, and those with D-xx-U2 on slimline drives
- The mass storage driver is built-in on most OS.
- You only need to install the driver if the computer is still on Windows 98SE.
BUSlink USB 2.0 PCI Card (UII-PCIP)
BUSlink USB 2.0 and FireWire PCI Card (PCI-U2F)
BUSlink USB 2.0 Cardbus (UII-CB4)
BUSlink USB 2.0, FireWire, and SATA Combo PCI Card (PCI-U2FS)
SATA Driver for BUSlink USB 2.0, FireWire, and SATA Combo PCI Card (PCI-U2FS): sata_PCI.zip
BUSlink 2 ports SATA Cardbus (CB2S)
DataStor remote reboot card
Software: eRPower-Wizard 2.00 setup.zip
USB 2.0 File Transfer Cable (UFT06U2)
USB 1.1 File Transfer Cable (UFT06)
USB 1.1 Multi-Hub (HCOMB)