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Lexar Secure II Plus 4Gb Digital Storage Device Review

Those clever fellows at Lexar have released a Secure Flash drive suitable for Professional photographers to use. Matt Grayson has a look at one.

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For those of you who find that you take more pictures than your card can handle, you will probably find this Flash drive more interesting than the others because if you can take more than your card can handle, you will probably take more than your flash drive can handle too. So what better than a Flash drive that lets you know when it's full?

The drive is small and neat, the same as any other and the front has the capacity meter which is a simple LCD screen that steps up in blocks to show how full it is. Clicking on the drive in My Computer opens up the drive's dashboard which allows access to the encrypted vault which can be password protected, the file encryption screen can also be password protected, the file shredder with a simple browse, add and delete program and the settings folder for setup options.

Lexar Secure II Plus uncapped Lexar Secure II Plus 4Gb Security
The Flash drive incorporates Lexar's 256-bit AES encryption security which is also capable of accepting multiple passwords for those really secret images. The files are dragged into the secure area and encrypted, then when the images are needed, they can be dragged back out and decrypted automatically ready for use.

Lexar Secure II Plus 4Gb Shredding
The drive has a file shredder to delete images from the drive safely with no chance of detection or retrieval from file retrieval software. Using the Image Recall Photo edition, a Turbo scan and Deep scan were both performed on the Flash drive and the image I deleted could not be found. This is good news for those precious documents that need to be destroyed as some image retrieval software can still find images when cards have been formatted.

Lexar Secure II Plus 4Gb Capacity
The Flash drive also has a built in capacity meter so it is easy to judge when the card is full. 270 Lexar Secure Plus II side view images were downloaded and the drive was showing 20% to capacity which gives a total amount of 1350 images at an average of 3Mb per image which does calculate to around 4Gb so the card does hold what it says and Lexar have added extra space to hold the security and shredder features.

Lexar Secure II Plus 4Gb Verdict
This is a useful feature for the photographer who has a large card and may need to take more images than the card being carried. The security feature is great so the drive can be used to carry other valuable documents and can be deleted using the shredding system is security is compromised, or if you cannot be bothered to transfer them to a PC as the shredder also deletes the digital trail usually left by deleted files which is what recall software use to find the information. The only negative thing is that the drive could be easily snapped off at the USB port by accidentally kicking or knocking the drive and permanently losing that information. However, this is a problem with any Flash drive, so to mark it down solely on that basis is unfair.

Lexar Secure II Plus 4Gb Plus points
Multiple password security
Lexar Secure Plus II capped Shredding facility
Capacity meter
Lexar Secure II Plus 4Gb Minus points
Possibility of easy breakage




The Lexar Secure Plus II USB Flashdrive costs around £45 and is available from the Lexar website.


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