Added Ex­tras

These drives have brains as well as brawn

Mac Format - - RATED - Septem­ber 2015 |

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.

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