PicoDisk TECH 2
Small and unobtrusive, password protected, easy to use.
No cover for USB connection on the disk so could get damaged in transit. No password protection for Mac use (following our comments developer promises protective cap in next version).
Overall impression pretty good although the BioPico is a better design with a more secure access control.
As with the BioPico, PicoDisk TECH 2 requires no driver installation for Windows 2000, Me or XP and it is only when using Windows 98/SE or Mac operating systems that drivers must be installed from the CD provided.
The TECH 2 is a small USB token similar to the iKey design many people are familiar with and a USB extension cable for those hard to get at USB ports on many PCs.
Packing 256MB into this small token, the developer has also ensured that security is top of the agenda, with both a public and a secured area available to the user, which they can alter to suit their needs.
Once connected, the necessary drivers are automatically installed unless using older operating systems. The TECH 2 has a small LED, which lights on connection to the USB port, letting you know it has been connected successfully.
The disk can be reformatted at any time to enable a clean sweep before reuse, but take care - reformatting will erase all files and folders previously stored on it.
For computers that support booting from USB-Zip or USBHDD mode it can also be used as a bootable disk.
The documentation covers this aspect well and explains the process clearly. Password setting, providing a safe and secure refuge for confidential data, is also accomplished with ease.
Caution is needed here as, if a password is forgotten, the only way to use the PicoDisk TECH 2 is to reformat, losing all stored data. It does, however, allow the provision of a clue to the password, a memory jogger.
Although this solution can be used with the Mac OS format, password protection must be cleared, so any saved data will be accessible by anyone.
This requires discipline on the users part; once saved to disk the data must be protected with vigilance. Otherwise we suggest using a different token or disk for this type of work.
In Windows, if you do forget to password protect before unplugging the disk, it will be accomplished automatically to protect data. However, the disk must be unmounted according to the instructions to avoid loss of data.