Hauling hundreds of Gigabytes of engineering data to job sites, or architectural plans to give to contractors? In theory, this Lacie Rugged 2TB drive will protect it from bumps.
So we read with interest that LaCie has a new model in its line of "Rugged" portable hard drives that lets you store 2TB of data.
The Lacie Rugged USB 3.0 (Thunderbolt Series) is not cheap, costing $349.95, but you can store a lot of data and it has a USB 3.0 and a Thunderbolt port (common on Macs) which means the fastest options for copying across files to a computer. According to LaCie, this equates to transferring 750 RAW photos or one HD movie in less than one minute.
The drive has a rubber sleeve around it, and inside there are rubber bumpers on the corners to help absorb knocks. Lacie claims it can withstand drops of up to 1.2 meters, though the site does note that that's in "non-operating mode" (they don't recommend dropping it while it's operating).
The Lacie site claims the site is "tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners".
The external drive is also ‘bus powered’ which means that it doesn’t require any extra power adapters. Instead it draws power from the USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt port connection.
Keep in mind, there's another model which has an SSD inside, not a hard drive, which in theory should be even less susceptible to bumps. But SSD technology is more expensive: that model costs $275 and you only get 120GB of storage space.