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.
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!
Fellow reader Dado asked us, “How can I run multiple operating systems from a single USB?” This becomes practical if the different operating systems are Live CDs, i.e. designed to access a PC from outside of the computer’s own operating system. This can be handy if the native operating system is corrupted through misuse, poor maintenance, or worse, malware. There are several tools that can help you create your multiboot USB stick. We tested three of them: XBoot, MultiBootUSB, and YUMI.
You’ve got your trusty USB flash drive plugged into your computer, and you go to copy some files to it. Then you get this – “The disk is write protected. Remove the write protection or use another disk.” Then you say, “Whaaaaaa….?!?!” How did this happen? This is your USB stick, you should be able to read, write and do whatever you want with it! Deep breath and stay calm. It is just an error message.