ToughTech Secure 256 mini-Q

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ToughTech Secure 256 mini-Q
Compact and portable 256-bit AES encrypted storage enclosure
    • Easy-to-use portable data storage 
    • Government-strength data encryption 

ToughTech Secure 256 mini-Q

If you have data you want to encrypt and protect, then the CRU® ToughTech® Secure 256 mini-Q is a great option. This simple enclosure provides safe, secure storage of your images, recording sessions, and other important data. Its rugged portability and small size makes the ToughTech Secure mini-Q perfect for storing data wherever you go, or if you just want a compact drive on your desk.

Need to encrypt your data? The ToughTech Secure 256 mini-Q has AES 256bit full-disk hardware based encryption.

The ToughTech Secure 256 mini-Q drive enclosure, made from strong aluminum, also provides ToughMount™ shock absorption to protect your drive from bumps and vibrations.

The ToughTech Secure 256 mini-Q has fast connection options, including USB 2.0, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and eSATA for speedy data transfer. All cables and adapters are included. 

Additional features:

  • Data storage up to 1 TB with a 2.5" drive 
  • Free US-based customer support
  • Bus power with included FireWire cables
  • Kensington security slot
  • Status LEDs
  • Rugged aluminum construction
  • Multiple connection options

Anyone who needs a small, easy-to-use data storage enclosure for 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs will find the ToughTech Secure 256 mini-Q a convenient device. Find a reseller near you or buy online.


Product name ToughTech Secure 256 mini-Q
Host (I/O) Ports (1) pair of FireWire 800: up to 800 Mbps
(1) USB 2.0: up to 480 Mbps
(1) eSATA: up to 1.5 Gbps
Drive Types Supported
  • SATA 2.5" drives (up to 9.5mm height)
  • SATA SSD (solid state drives)
SATA Speed 1.5G
Number of LEDs 3
Operating system compatibility Windows XP or later
Windows Server 2003 or later
Mac OS X
Linux distributions that support the desired connection

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit

FIPS Certified Hardware based encryption design validated to FIPS 140-2 (certification number 1471).
AES Encryption Key AES Encryption Key is stored apart from unit so data is protected if unit is lost or stolen.
Due to federal guidelines for selling encrypted products, we are restricting direct sales to our approved distribution channel partners. Contact us for information on where you can buy our 128 or 256-bit encrypted products.
Whole Disk Protection Encrypts entire HDD - including boot sector, file allocation table, OS, temp and swap files.
High-Speed hardware processor Encrypts/decrypts at full disk bandwidth operation (No performance degradation).
Encryption Engine Performs Self-test to check for problems.
Key Management Most units include three identical pre-coded AES Encryption Key.

AES Key Programmer, a hand-held key programmer, is sold separately.

Additional blank and pre-coded AES Encryption Keys are available, sold separately.

Additional AES Encryption Key lanyards are available, sold separately.
Fan(s) Passive cooling - no fan needed
Construction material(s) Aluminum alloy case
Bus power Yes
Dimensions 5.20" x 3.15" x 0.83" (132mm x 80mm x 21mm)
Weight 0.35 lbs. (0.16 kg)
Populated Weight 0.60 lbs. (0.27 kg)
Kensington Slot Yes
Compliancy FCC, CE, RoHS
Warranty CRU provides a 2-year limited warranty for this product.
Technical Support Your investment in CRU products is backed up by our free technical support for the lifetime of the product. If you need to contact us for any reason, visit or call us at 1-800-260-9800 or +1-360-816-1800.

Product Images


May 18, 2012 - 1.83 MB
User Manual for ToughTech Mini-Q (includes Secure models, models with WriteLock, and models with WriteProtect)
Feb 27, 2015 - 9.12 MB
CRU Configurator v4.0.1.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Feb 27, 2015 - 810.25 KB
User manual for the Mac OS version of Configurator v4
Feb 27, 2015 - 12.81 MB
CRU Configurator for 64-bit Windows
Feb 27, 2015 - 750.99 KB
User manual for the Windows version of Configurator v4
Feb 27, 2015 - 11.37 MB
CRU Configurator for 32-bit Windows
May 8, 2015 - 11.74 MB
CRU Configurator for 32-bit Windows
May 8, 2015 - 13.23 MB
CRU Configurator for 64-bit Windows
May 8, 2015 - 9.56 MB
CRU Configurator v4.0.2.1 for Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Part Numbers

ToughTech Secure mini Q

Part Number Description Shipping Weight UPC Number
36240-2510-0000 ToughTech Secure mini-Q, 256-bit AES encryption, 3 keys, FW800/eSATA/USB2, 0GB (install any 2.5-inch SATA drive), US power plug 3 810873015298
36241-2510-0000 ToughTech Secure mini-Q, 256-bit AES encryption, 3 keys, FW800/eSATA/USB2, 0GB (install any 2.5-inch SATA drive), UK power plug 3 810873015397
36242-2510-0000 ToughTech Secure mini-Q, 256-bit AES encryption, 3 keys, FW800/eSATA/USB2, 0GB (install any 2.5-inch SATA drive), Euro plug 3 810873015403

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