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G-Technology Armor ATD 4TB Portable Drive Review

G-Technology opens a new portfolio of durable drive solutions, while there might not be much performance the durability is amazing on the Armor ATD.

@TylerBernath
Published Thu, Aug 8 2019 10:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 6:57 PM CST
Rating: 87%Manufacturer: G-Technology
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When it comes to rugged portable drives, only a few brands come to mind. That being said G-Technology is looking to change this taking what it has learned from the ev ATC and ev RAW, and combined them to make a new series; Armor ATD

ArmorATD is setup to be the best all-terrain portable drive. Aimed at travelers, outdoor photographers, and filmmakers, this solution is setup with triple shock protection and an all-aluminum design allowing this drive to push through extremes. Further, the Armor ATD offers 1000LBs crush resistance comes in several capacities including 1,2 and 4TB model and offers 140MB/s read/write performance. Connectivity is setup with USB-C with an adapter included for legacy connections.

Compatibility includes both Windows 10 and macOS 10.12. MSRP of the G-Technology Armor ATD in the 4TB capacity comes in at 149.99 with a three-year warranty.

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Packaging offers an image of the drive with warranty and connectivity information below. Top right, we have the drive capacity and performance in MB/s.

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The back goes into more detail with a drive diagram at the top and finer details below.

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The contents of the box are the drive and USB-C cable.

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The Armor ATD is surrounded by a thick rubber skin, the blue enclosure under is full aluminum with subtle branding.

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On the end, the USB-C port has the ability to be sealed from both dust and water.

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Removing the rubber skin from the drive, you can get a better idea of the enclosure size. Keep in mind this is the 4TB model so it's a bit larger than the 1 or 2TB solutions.

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Above, I decided to test the durability of the drive-by putting it under the tire of a truck.

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Running the drive through some quick synthetic testing, we found the ArmorATD to reach 95MB/s read, and 128 MB/s write.

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Going back through testing using the C to A adapter included in the box, performance is relatively unchanged; 95 MB/s read and 123 MB/s write.

I've tested quite a few "durable" drives solutions over the years including top tier offerings from LaCie, ADATA and Silicon Power. That being said, the Armor ATD is our first look at a G-Technology solution built for the elements and to be honest I'm quite impressed. Build quality is solid with its aluminum enclosure and added rubber sleeve for additional shock protection while the aesthetic appeal is offered through a vibrant blue colorway.

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Durability was put to the test by driving my truck on top of the drive and sitting there for a few minutes. While we did hear some cracking initially, between the drive and stone driveway things settled out, and we were able to snap a few shots. Physically, the drive did experience some stress marks on the plastic end cap and dent or two on the aluminum enclosure, but it still spins up and moves data without issue.

As for performance, we weren't quite able to reach the prescribed 140 MB/s in testing. However, we did reach 128 MB/s at peak with 95-100 MB/s read in CrystalDiskMark and running real data to the drive-in day to day activities I'm seeing between 60-100 MB/s using USB-C.

Last, we have pricing, and it does appear G-Technology is being quite aggressive with its Armor ATD. Coming in at $149.99 for the 4TB model, comparable solutions include the Rugged USB-C from LaCie at $179.99 and ADATA HD830 at $159.99.

Tyler's Test System Specifications

Performance

80%

Quality

89%

Features

91%

Value

87%

Overall

87%

The Bottom Line

While the ArmorATD wont blow you away with its performance, the durability is second to none!

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Growing up in a small farm town, tech wasn't around, unless it was in a tractor. At an early age, Tyler's parents brought home their first PC. Tyler was hooked and learned what it meant to format a HDD, spending many nights reinstalling Windows 95. Tyler's love and enthusiast nature always kept his PC nearby. Eager to get deeper into tech, he started reviewing.

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