When it comes to devices like the ioSafe Rugged Portable, performance comes secondary since the drive's main purpose is to keep your data safe. With that in mind, ioSafe has done a good job squeezing performance out of the 5,400 RPM drive, but we would have liked to see a 7,200 RPM drive used to get the most out of the Rugged Portable. Users looking for ultimate performance can choose the SSD option, but the price goes up quite a bit and the capacity drops at the same time.
The primary purpose of the ioSafe Rugged Portable is to keep your data safe and secure no matter where you are. At CES we shot one with a shotgun, threw it on the concrete floor as hard as we could and the unit kept on running perfectly. When I say we shot the Rugged Portable, I mean we shot the hell out of it. The same drive took several direct hits from steel shots and kept going. At that point the drive was thrown to the ground several times, all of the media in attendance took a turn and we were still unable to kill it. We finally managed to break the aluminum shield after getting out the assault rifles.
You might think all of this is excessive and it is. The Rugged Portable is about taking the most obscene abuse and still having a comfortable buffer before your data is even close to being compromised. There are drawbacks, though. The first is the weight; this drive has some heft to it. Then there is the size which is about the same as a 3.5" HDD. Finally, there is the price.
The full 1TB Rugged Portable with the 5 year warranty and data recovery service costs around 500 Dollars. This combination gives you the maximum amount of storage and the longest ultimate protection plan. I really don't think you'll ever use the data recovery service under normal circumstances, but if you actually need a Rugged Portable then there is nothing normal about your circumstances. That said, the 250GB drive is available for just 150 Dollars and uses the same rugged aluminum case, but only has one year of back end protection.