Portable hard drives are much more today than a simple enclosure with a wimpy USB 2.0 connection. Modern portable hard drive enclosures support numerous wired interfaces such as USB 3.0, eSATA, or even Thunderbolt; as well as Wi-Fi and ethernet, making sharing even more convenient. We wanted to review a pair of portable external hard drives which support networking, so we picked up the $200 Corsair Voyager Air 1 TB and the $110 Patriot Gauntlet 320. At the end of this review, you’ll be able to enter for a chance to win either of these portable hard drives, plus 3 additional Corsair Voyager Air 500 GB units!
Electronics of all kinds aren’t really built to withstand much in the way of knocks or extreme weather, but a special breed of portable hard drives exists to serve this very purpose – to withstand the everyday tumbles and adverse weather without sacrificing your precious data. It’s not often I get to break things in the name of science, but today is a special day. In the interests of all backpackers, hikers, summer poolside partygoers and urban adventurers – I’ll be putting the claims of two “rugged” portable drives to the test.
Several years ago, I experienced a hard drive failure. I was at work when my laptop suddenly started to act particularly strange. About half an hour later, the hard drive failed audibly and the laptop wouldn’t boot anymore. Unfortunately, I didn’t have comprehensive backups. Over the next couple of weeks I considered doing everything under the sun — and did most of it — to fix the old HDD. If your hard drive has died, this guide might help you to revive it again. So roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Wouldn’t you like to have a 1:18 scale model of the DeLorean from Back To The Future III? Now you actually can! Dave Hersch founded a company called Flash Rods, which manufacture the most unique data storage devices ever: scale models of cars with integrated flash/hard drives!