Five rugged hard drives to pro­tect your files

When the go­ing gets tough - you’ll need a rugged hard drive to pro­tect your data

Mac Format - - CONTENTS -

There are dozens of por­ta­ble hard drives now avail­able that you can use to back-up your MacBook when you’re on the move and, like the new su­per-slim­line MacBook, many of these drives put their em­pha­sis on light­weight de­sign and porta­bil­ity.

A pocket-size por­ta­ble drive might be fine if you’re tap­ping away on your lap­top in a cof­fee shop, but there are times when you need some­thing a lit­tle stur­dier to pro­tect your im­por­tant files. If you’re work­ing out­doors on a pho­to­shoot then you need to know that your hard drive can cope with a sud­den burst of rain, or ex­po­sure to dust or sand. There are plenty of other peo­ple who can ben­e­fit from a re­ally rugged hard drive too - a mu­si­cian in a night­club, an engi­neer on a build­ing site, or just rugged out­doorsy types who like to take their lap­tops on hol­i­day with them… or just those who are prone to drop­ping things!

Not sur­pris­ingly, the ex­tra-rugged de­sign of these hard drives means that they are gen­er­ally big­ger and heav­ier than their more por­ta­ble coun­ter­parts. But you shouldn’t judge a hard drive by its cover. Man­u­fac­tur­ers of­ten boast about ‘mil­i­tary-stan­dard pro­tec­tion’ - but that doesn’t mean any­thing un­less you know which par­tic­u­lar mil­i­tary stan­dard they’re talk­ing about. It’s worth do­ing a lit­tle re­search to see if the man­u­fac­turer quotes a ‘drop-test’ fig­ure that tells you if the drive can sur­vive be­ing dropped from a spe­cific height. Many drives will also in­clude an ‘IP’ rat­ing - ingress pro­tec­tion - that in­di­cates the drive’s abil­ity to re­sist wa­ter and dust.

Some peo­ple might pre­fer to opt for solid-state drives as they don’t have any mov­ing parts that can get dam­aged. How­ever, solid-state drives are still very ex­pen­sive and their elec­tri­cal com­po­nents are also sus­cep­ti­ble to wa­ter dam­age, just like an or­di­nary hard drive. So, if you work or play in the great out­doors then these rugged drives are some of the best cur­rently around at keep­ing your files safe. Cliff Joseph

You need to know that your hard drive can cope with a sud­den burst of rain, or ex­po­sure to dust

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.