G-Technology Releases NVMe SSD Protected With New ArmorLock Technology

Western Digital's G-Technology brand today announced the release of a new ArmorLock encrypted NVMe SSD, which is a 2TB SSD that uses G-Tech's newly introduced ArmorLock Security Platform. ArmorLock is a data encryption platform designed with finance, government, healthcare, media, IT, and legal professions in mind, offering greater security than is available with standard SSDs.

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G-Technology's ArmorLock SSD relies on a smartphone or computer for locking and unlocking through the ArmorLock mobile and desktop apps. It remains locked until it is paired to an iPhone or a Mac and unlocked with the device's security mechanisms - Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.

G-Technology suggests that this system is ideal for SSDs that need to be shipped between different physical locations as it provides protection until the SSD is in the hands of the right person. Because this higher security technology is meant for professionals, the SSD is more expensive than a standard SSD, priced at $599 for 2TB of storage.

The ArmorLock SSD offers read/write speeds of up to 1000MB/s through its 10GB/s USB port, combining high speeds with easy to use encryption. It is IP67 water and dust resistant and it can survive drops of up to three meters. At the current time, the ArmorLock SSD is limited to iOS and macOS devices.

When locked, the ArmorLock SSD offers 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption along with tools to securely erase and reformat when needed. The last known location of the SSD can be tracked on a map, and it supports firmware updates for adding new features.

The G-Technology ArmorLock encrypted NVMe SSD can be purchased from the Western Digital Store starting today. It is available in a 2TB capacity only and it is priced at $599.

Top Rated Comments

steve23094 Avatar
20 weeks ago
I’m thinking that the lifespan of a SSD is probably longer than WD will keep these apps updated. So when they stop and an iOS or macOS update rolls out which breaks the app... *poof* goes access to your data.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kesennnnn Avatar
20 weeks ago
Or just use Cryptomator to encrypt your files without using an app that isn’t open sourced.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChromeAce Avatar
20 weeks ago
FileVault works just fine on SSDs and I’d trust Apple long before G-tech, which is small enough to be bought by Google at any minute. And putting a GPS chip in your SSD drives sounds like a real secure idea.... until the NSA shows up at your shack in the woods because you voted to defund them.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PickUrPoison Avatar
20 weeks ago


Is there a back door so the gubmint can get in?

Maybe, maybe not. I think it makes sense to consider the possibility. It could happen with or without their knowledge.

So, do you trust G-Tech? Are they smart enough to know if they’ve been compromised by a third party?

Like people, some companies are trustworthy and some aren’t.

Here’s my list (partial):

Amazon: No
Apple: Yes for now, but subject to change
Equifax: No
Facebook: No
Foxconn: No
Google: No
Tesla: No
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marx55 Avatar
20 weeks ago
Great, but bring larger capacities (4, 8 & 16 TB), also without encryption option and also SATA option (to keep it cool; no, you do not notice speed difference in real time with PCIe NVMe; hard to believe, but true!).
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sideshowuniqueuser Avatar
20 weeks ago


Maybe, maybe not. I think it makes sense to consider the possibility. It could happen with or without their knowledge.

So, do you trust G-Tech? Are they smart enough to know if they’ve been compromised by a third party?

Like people, some companies are trustworthy and some aren’t.

Here’s my list (partial):

Amazon: No
Apple: Yes for now, but subject to change
Equifax: No
Facebook: No
Foxconn: No
Google: No
Tesla: No

Here's a better list:
Anything encryption related that has the entire encryption software completely open source: Yes
Anything else: No

If you (or more to the point, other independent encryption experts) can't verify the code, and create the executable by then compiling it your/themselves, then you never know what it is really doing, and can thus never 100% trust it. End of story.

So no, sorry, Apple doesn't make the grade when it comes to your privacy. They may claim they do, and they might well be telling the truth, or they might be telling the truth but have made a big boo boo and don't even know it's broken, but without the software being open source, then who knows.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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