the winner | G-Tech G-Dri ve ev ATC
The five drives we selected all had some very good points, and none were considered poor buys. LaCie’s Rugged RAID takes top honours for performance, but at more than £300 it’s something of a niche product for creative professionals. The StoreJet 100 from Transcend is good value at just £100 for 2TB of storage, but that exposed USB port is a real chink in its armour. Buffalo’s MiniStation Extreme and the Freecom Tough Drive HDD only offer 1TB of storage, but they’ll provide greater protection and good performance while still coming in at around £100 which is pretty good value.
However, the clever two-piece design of G-Tech’s G-Drive ev ATC gives you the best of both worlds. The all-terrain case (ATC) provides really strong protection when you need it most, but still gives you the option of removing the drive from the case for routine dayto-day use.