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There are two sets of con­di­tions that these rugged drives are de­signed to cope with. They have to sur­vive sud­den shocks or im­pacts, so we held them above our head at a height of two me­tres (6.5ft) and dropped them onto the pave­ment out­side our of­fice. That height was ac­tu­ally sig­nif­i­cantly greater than most of the man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­mend on their spec sheets, but we were pleased to see that all the drives sur­vived this test in­tact.

Many man­u­fac­tur­ers also quote an IP rat­ing - ingress pro­tec­tion - for re­sis­tance to wa­ter and dust. Most of the drives tested here only of­fer IP54 or IP53, which means they can sur­vive ex­po­sure to dust or splashes of wa­ter, but they’re not de­signed to be to­tally sub­merged un­der­wa­ter. For this test we held the drives un­der a shower spray for 30 sec­onds and - af­ter a quick rub­down with a towel - they all car­ried on work­ing nor­mally. So, ba­si­cally they can be drenched in the rain and be fine. The one ex­cep­tion here was G-Tech, which claims that its G-Drive ev ATC can cope with up to 30 sec­onds un­der­wa­ter. We took them at their word and dunked the drive com­pletely un­der­wa­ter in the bath - with, thank­fully, no ill ef­fect.

Rugged drives need to sur­vive im­pacts, dust and wa­ter.

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