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Review of the Aleratec PortaStor Secure USB 2.0 Flash Drive


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If you have a need to carry around sensitive files on a USB flash drive, then you might want to consider carrying them on the Aleratec PortaStor Secure USB 2.0 flash drive – and here is our review.

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The PortaStor Secure family of USB flash drives protects your confidential documents with 256-bit AES hardware encryption, the worldwide standard for document security. Data stored in the secure portion of the drive is automatically encrypted and cannot be accessed or read without a user-defined password. To insure data security in case of loss or theft, six invalid login attempts will cause the encryption key to be wiped from the drive, rendering the encrypted data meaningless. No software installation is required. Management applications are stored right on the PortaStor drive, including the ability to set the size of the secure partition and the size of a non-secure partition where you can store public files.

Who are Aleratec?

From their website:

Aleratec creates “Prosumers’ Choice” professional-grade duplicators for hard disk drives, USB flash drives, flash memory and optical discs (BD/DVD/CD), as well as optical disc printers, blank media, disc shredders, disc repair and related accessories, at consumer-friendly prices. The company’s commitment to quality and its customers has produced products which regularly win industry accolades for their innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.

Headquartered in Southern California, Aleratec’s exceptionally-skilled team of trained professionals design user-friendly, high-performance hardware along with intuitive software to assist corporations and organizations of any size with all their media technology needs. Aleratec’s comprehensive line of innovative products enable businesses to cut costs, streamline workflow and increase revenues.

For over a decade, Aleratec has served as a leading provider of disc duplicating and publishing solutions for specialized markets including government agencies, educational facilities, houses of worship and audio recording professionals.


  • 16GB Capacity
  • 256-Bit AES Hardware Encryption for the highestlevel protection against hacking specified by AES
  • User Defined Public Partition & Secure Partition forFlexibility and Convenience
  • Customized Password to a maximum of 16 characters
  • Product Dimensions (LxWxH): 60 x 46 x 9.5 mm2 3/8″ x 1 13/16″ x 3/8″ in
  • Weight: 0.3 oz
  • Performance: Read Speed 12MB/sec / Write Speed 6MB/Sec

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the PortaStor Secure drive and some instructions.

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A Closer Look

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Using the Drive

When you connect the drive to your computer, you need to run the PortaStor software.

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You will be able to see three partitions on the drive (the PortaStor software and two other partitions – one will become the encrypted partition and the other is the public one).

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The PortaStor partition contains a manual and the software itself.

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Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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