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ioSafe Rugged Portable External Hard Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Sep 13, 2011 10:43 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ioSafe

The ioSafe Rugged Portable




There really isn't a lot that can be said for a rectangle bock of aluminum. It is aluminum, but if you want something even stronger, call ioSafe and asked about the titanium model that is available by special request.




On the bottom ioSafe installed four rubber pads so the Rugged Portable won't slide across your desk easily. I don't think it would move around much on your tank dashboard either.




There aren't many extras to mess with on the data connector side either. There is a Kensington lock system and a USB 3.0 mini port.




To achieve this level of protection the Rugged Portable isn't small. It isn't light nor wimpy. There is some heft here, but not enough to keep it planted on your desk. You can stuff it in a backpack or purse quite easily.




The overall size isn't much larger than a traditional 3.5" HDD.




Given that the outside is as bland as you can get, we'll have to take a closer look at the little bits and pieces that make the Rugged Portable more utilitarian. Here we see one of the screws that holds the cover on. It has a rubber O-ring to keep dust and dirt out of the enclosure.




In its most basic form we see the thick rubber surround that covers the HDD on the right side. All of the electronics are compacted on one side and even the HDD surround has a rubber surround for added shock protection.




With the drive in place we can start to see just how protected the 2.5" notebook drive really is.

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