These drives have brains as well as brawn
Our main concern here is with the rugged design of these drives, but some of them offer other interesting features as well. We like the smart design of the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme, and it also includes 256-bit encryption to provide extra security for your files. LaCie’s Rugged RAID offers encryption too, as well as the RAID 1 mode that provides duplicate backups to guard against drive failure. It also includes a USB port, along with its Thunderbolt interface, so you can use it with older Macs and Windows computers too.
However, G-Tech’s G-Drive ev ATC has the smartest and most practical idea. Its all-terrain case (ATC) actually pops open and allows you to remove the drive from the case. The G-Drive on its own is actually a lightweight portable drive that you can easily carry around when you’re in town and don’t need the rugged case. Then you can just insert the drive back into the case when you need a bit of extra protection for a weekend trekking across the Pennines. It’s a novel idea and one we warmed to quickly.