Review of Kingston IronKey D500S Encrypted Storage

Review of Kingston IronKey D500S Encrypted Storage

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Kingston has introduced the IronKey external storage with a primary focus on protecting user data. In the following lines, we highlight the Kingston IronKey D500S edition.

Users may encounter issues when storing their data on a flash drive that lacks the necessary data protection. Therefore, Kingston developed IronKey to combine top-notch design standards with encryption to ensure the highest data protection efficiency.

  • Capacity ranging from 8 to 512 gigabytes
  • USB-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
  • XTS-AES 256-bit encryption
  • FIPS 140-3 Level 3 standards
  • Protection against BadUSB
  • External design with a zinc casing meeting high resistance standards
  • Multiple complex password options with complex passphrase pattern
  • Option for initials hidden dual partitioning
  • Password erase encryption
  • Water resistance up to 1.2 meters
Review of Kingston IronKey D500S Encrypted Storage

The external flash storage capacity of Kingston IronKey D500S features a somewhat bulky external design. However, this design includes an outer layer of zinc supporting the highest resistance standards and even immersion in water. Thus, the external design of this edition supports the highest level of protection for stored data.

Moving to the internal components of the IronKey D500S memory, Kingston chose epoxy material to support the memory with a physical inner casing to protect the data as well.

Users will also not face the issue of swapping the unit with another, as the serial number and unique code of the memory are laser-engraved on the memory’s casing. Thus, in case of memory loss, the user can identify their unit through the serial number.

Furthermore, the resistant design of this edition is not limited to the external casing alone. Kingston also took care to focus on the internal design to enhance security standards. When starting up the IronKey D500S, the memory checks for high temperature and voltage conditions to avoid data corruption or memory shutdown.

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Protection and security standards are enhanced through software installed on the memory and distinguished by a digital fingerprint that protects the memory and stored data from harmful BadUSB programs or viral attacks.

The memory also features a “Brute force” feature, which counters some techniques that attempt to guess passwords. Upon initiating a number of failed attempts to guess the password, encrypted data on the storage capacity will be wiped.

Additionally, Kingston supports IronKey D500S users in case of password loss, which often leads to complete closure of encrypted data. Kingston offers three password sets, divided between the administrator’s flash drive password, another for the user, and a final password for recovery purposes. The administrator can reset the password, and the password can be imported once to regain access to the data in case the current user password is forgotten.

IronKey D500S memory also supports registration of traditional and complex passwords, as well as registration of a passphrase ranging from 8 to 16 characters or 3 to 4 sets of characters, while the passphrase can range from 10 to 128 characters.

To enhance data protection standards, Kingston introduces a feature for the first time in the flash memory industry, which is a choice for double-encrypted partitioning, allowing the memory’s administrator to create two partitions dedicated to the administrator and another for the user to store files that are restricted, accessible through the administrator and user of the memory.

On the other hand, the IronKey D500S flash memory comes with two modes read-only or write mode, where these modes can be enabled to protect data each time the memory is opened from malicious software on different systems.

The administrator can also set a public read-only mode, which continues until the mode is reset again by the administrator.

Kingston offers users speeds in the IronKey D500S memory that varies according to the featured capacity of the flash memory or the specific model of the memory:

  • For storage capacities ranging from 8 to 128 gigabytes, the read speed is 260 megabytes per second, and the write speed is 190 megabytes per second.
  • For a storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the read speed is 240 megabytes per second, and the write speed is 170 megabytes per second.
  • For a storage capacity of 512 gigabytes, the read speed is 310 megabytes per second, and the write speed is 250 megabytes per second.
  • For capacities ranging from 8 to 512 gigabytes, the read speed is 30 megabytes per second, and the write speed is 20 megabytes per second.

When conducting tests for the performance of the featured 128-gigabyte memory through “MiniTool Partition Wizard,” the flash memory provided very good performance, making this edition characterized by fast performance.

Therefore, if you wish to store important data on flash memory with fast performance and the highest level of protection and security standards, you can choose between the available capacity of IronKey D500S memory, starting from 8 to 512 gigabytes.

The encrypted KINGSTON IRONKEY D500S memory has launched with a resistant design to the highest standards, with the highest levels of protection and security.

Author Rating

Overall Rating based on reviewers at technic4u



  • +Strong external design with higher resistance
  • +Three password choices
  • +Protection against viral attacks and malware
  • +Multiple storage capacity options


  • -Bulky design

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