I have procured a 16GB Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ USB 2.0 memory stick with 256-bit AES Hardware Based Encryption.

The official manual confirms that Linux is unsupported, but I wondered if there might be a way round this.

Does anyone know if it is possible to get this type of drive working under Ubuntu, and if so, how?


The Kingston Locker+ G3 can be accessed through linux. Here are two (non-officialy supported by Kingston) methods:

  1. Using a windows virtual machine to un-lock the drive, and then releasing it to the host OS. It works for me with VMware Workstation.
  2. Using the binaries shipped with another Kingston key, namely the "DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0". (Works under both x86 and x64 linux system.) Obviously, you would need to carry the binaries on another drive (unless you are able to edit the read-only zone of the stick).
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    I uses method 1 quite often. I asked Kingston support to get Linux software but get offer to exchange the key... offer that my company IT service rejected. By the way, I am interested in find the Linux binaries. – Yves Martin May 16 '15 at 12:37
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    The "read-only zone" is in fact a 20 MiB ISO image stored on a flash block, and it can be written from Linux thanks to a simple "dd" command ! – Yves Martin May 16 '15 at 12:38
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    @ReinerRottmann I still have my now-really-old DTVP (v1)... According to this KB, an official update tool exists, so technically speaking, ISO image is replaceable: kingston.com/fr/support/technical/downloads/111289 – Yves Martin Mar 23 '19 at 5:35
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    I have just updated ISO image thanks to utility available at kingston.com/fr/support/technical/downloads/111289 but the "less-than-10mb" image does not contain Linux binaries even if included User's Guide PDF describes usage in Linux environment... – Yves Martin Mar 23 '19 at 18:14
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    I may have found binaries from DTVP 3.0 at github.com/sohrberg/itsb-usb/tree/master/bin/linux64 but these fails with my old DTVP: KTGetDeviceInfo ERROR!! return code = 0x17 . Bad luck. – Yves Martin Mar 23 '19 at 22:55

Sadly, it isn't possible to get this device working under Linux. Without the right method to decrypt, which they keep secret, there's no use really.

Formatting the drive won't do anything either, as it doesn't present itself like that to the OS.

I've got one of them here and its just simply useless to Linux.


Personally I would wipe the stick and format with encryption. Install the cryptsetup package.

sudo apt-get install cryptsetup

and if not already installed, the Disk Utility app.

sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility

Then use the disk utility to format to your desired filesystem type and enable encryption, like so.

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  • Won't format it actually ... – Rami Dabain Mar 20 '13 at 3:50

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