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X-Ways BYOD

Certain license types that we offer may use BYOD copy protection to unlock the software. BYOD stands for "Bring your own device/disk/dongle". You select a storage device that you already own and have readily available when you order the software. That device will act as a key and must be attached locally to the computer where you wish to run the software to unlock it, similar to a regular dongle

  

Advantages:

  • You can start using the software immediately, typically within minutes after placing your order online (depending on your payment method), and do not need to wait for a dongle to arrive by postal mail days or weeks later. (Courier service still takes a few days and costs extra.)

  • No risk of delays in transit, problems at customs, or loss in the postal mail system.

  • As your key device you could choose a large external USB hard disk, serving as a storage location for data that you acquire on site and a substitute for a dongle at the same time, and can contain the software itself as well, all in one, requiring only 1 free USB port. A very portable solution.

  • For work in your own office, the software may be installed on several of your computers at the same time even if you only own a single license, for your convenience. While the key device is attached to a given machine, the software is executable on that machine. A USB stick can be quickly exchanged between different computers and would be very suitable in this scenario, an internal hard disk/SSD obviously not so much.

  • The same key device may hold multiple licenses. Useful if the software is run by multiple users at a time on the same computer, e.g. a terminal server.

  • The software does not need Internet access to authenticate the license.

  • Same full forensic feature set as the dongle-based version of the software. Functionality 100% identical, 100% compatibility. (But different download.)

  • Certain organizations with high security sensibilities do not need to trust/test additional hardware such as the regular USB dongles.

  • “Start & Go” (simultaneous execution of the software on multiple computers with just 1 key device) available for certain licenses types (details here).

Disadvantage:

  • Your key device becomes an object of value. If you lose it or if it malfunctions within the first 2 1/2 months into a newly purchased annual license, you can select a new key device 2 1/2 months after the purchase of the license. Additionally, for a 2-year license you can select a new key device when the 1st year has passed. And you can select a new key device when you renew your license. But otherwise no replacement is possible, you won't be able to use the software any more if your key device malfunctions or is lost. And you cannot simply choose a different key device if/when you change your mind! Please mark your key device clearly and take good care of it! In a sense, the risk is already limited by the fact that we offer BYOD only for non-perpetual licenses anyway.

Which devices can be used and how it works

  • Most internal hard disks/SSDs. (A RAID is not a hard disk. The simulated main storage device in a virtual machine is not a hard disk either.)

  • Most large external hard disks directly attached via USB.

  • Many current USB stick models, for example of these brands: SanDisk, Imation, Kingston, Intenso, TDK, Verbatim, Toshiba, Sony, I-O DATA, Buffalo, ADATA, PNY (models Mini-Mobile Design and Brick), Patriot Supersonic/Xporter, Transcend JetFlash (370 and 530 and probably others), HP v165w, Lexar JumpDrive, Lexar JumpDrive FireFly. The following models for example are known to be incompatible: HP v225w, Team Group S112.

The device must have at least one drive letter assigned to it. To make sure that a particular device that you have is accepted by the software for BYOD, before the purchase (to avoid unpleasant surprises!), please execute WinHex or X-Ways Forensics (for example just the evaluation version of WinHex, downloadable from here), explicitly as administrator, and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard while clicking the version number in the upper right corner of the main window. You will be shown a list of devices that are most likely suitable that are currently attached to your system. Select your favorite and click OK. If a device ID is shown, the device is suitable! (when connected to the computer that way, very possibly not when connected in another way, for example through a different bus type or when put through to a virtual machine) If your favorite device is not listed,  or if no device is shown, then it is not suitable.

You can copy the device ID and after your purchase is confirmed need to paste it on a web page, when prompted. In return, a license file will be produced that you need to save on your key device as per the instructions (very easy). You can only choose 1 key device per license.

Restrictions

The license types that use BYOD are available to certain customers only.