IronKey devices (S100, S200, D200, S250, D250, S1000, H300, and H350)
permanently self-destruct after 10 consecutive incorrect password attempts. The
Enterprise versions have the option to have a different count set by your
IronKey System Administrator. The Basic versions have the option to be
configured to perform a reset rather than self-destruct. The Personal versions
have no options.
means the flash memory is erased, the AES encryption keys are erased, and the
IronKey is permanently unusable; there is no way to reset the device or
use it again once the self-destruct has been performed.
are ample warnings about incorrect passwords and device self-destruction. Each
incorrect password attempt will display a warning indicating the remaining
number of password attempts. Additionally, after every 3 consecutive bad
password attempts you must remove the device and re-insert it.
last password attempt displays at least 2 very distinct warning messages
stating this self-destruction is permanent and there is no way to recover an
IronKey once it has self-destructed, and the action will void the hardware
warranty. The IronKey limited hardware warranty covers hardware
manufacturing defects only. Devices that have self-destructed
are not eligible for replacement.
you have no means to recover the lost password there are only two
- Hold onto the IronKey in the hopes the password will be remembered.
- Let the self-destruct run and dispose of the IronKey.
you've used the Secure Backup utility included with every S100,
S200, D200, S250, D250 IronKey device, then you can restore your backup to a new IronKey
of any of these models. Please review this procedure in the appropriate User
Guide for your specific IronKey model and version.