LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 portable hard drive
SuperSpeed USB and military-grade toughness?
Review Although it has been said that it won't become mainstream until it is officially adopted by Intel in 2011, USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB - is steadily emerging from the shadows with more and more manufacturers bringing support for the protocol to the eager masses.
Shock and awe: LaCie's Rugged USB 3.0 has military grade impact resistance
Joining the influx of devices supporting the new standard is LaCie’s 500GB Rugged USB 3.0 disk, the latest addition to its rubber-wrapped product line, which already features USB 2.0, eSata and Firewire 400/800 drives.
These drives are certified shockproof to the US Department of Defence MIL-STD 810F specification - MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5: Shock, to be precise. However, LaCie doesn't specify if the Rugged is also compliant with other aspects of MIL-STD 810F such as:
- MIL-STD 810F Method 505.4: Solar Radiation
- MIL-STD 810F Method 508.5: Fungus
- MIL-STD 810F Method 511.4: Explosive Atmosphere
- MIL-STD 810F Method 519.5: Gunfire Vibration
- MIL-STD 810F Method 522: Ballistic Shock
Essentially, this means that the drive will survive up to a 2.2m fall when it isn't operating. The device specification states that dropping in operating mode “is not recommended”, something which I can't in all honesty disagree with.
USB 3.0 connectivity - which is handily backwards compatible with USB 2.0
So, the Rugged USB 3.0 may be military spec compliant, but is this enough to keep your valuable data safe around small children and clueless co-workers?
While we're on the subject of ruggedness
can we have the person who came up with the WD 'My Book' enclosure taken out and subjected to all of those Mil-Spec tests, please?
Balancing a 3.5" HDD on its narrow edge and positively encouraging people to place it near their mouse hand may well not have been the greatest design decision ever. Based on 3 (so far) that I've encountered, they tend not to survive being toppled while spinning, and the form factor means it only takes a tiny nudge...
Did you read the review?
This is a bus powered drive that has no PSU but draws power from the USB port.
I have a LaCie drive that has a PSU and it's just a standard 12V affair it can be replaced for around £5
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