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ATP ToughDriveExtremely durable, portable USB storage device
Youre constantly on the go and sometimes you just dont have the time to burn some important files to a CD. You need more storage than a floppy disk could provide but considerably less than an external hard drive. This is when you need to use one of these portable USB devices that you can simply plug in, copy your data and be on your way. I picked up the ATP Electronics 1GB ToughDrive. I was curious about why this device was named ToughDrive but I quickly realized that this wasnt your typical portable USB storage device.
I was curious about why it was called the ToughDrive and I initially thought it was the hard rubber that encased the device but I discovered it was more. ATP Electronics states that the ToughDrive is different from other portable USB storage devices in that their device is practically indestructible. Now this was an interesting claim because Ive managed to break a few of these devices in the past from being mishandling. I wondered if the ToughDrive could withstand me. Heres what I found out.
How Tough Is It?
The drive may be named ToughDrive but I was really curious to find out just how tough it really is so I set up the common test that Im sure some of you have probably experienced with other small products and thats surviving a trip to through the washing machine. With electronic devices becoming smaller and easier to carry around, its easy to leave them in your pocket.
Now I tried my test by throwing the ToughDrive into a load of laundry. Did the usual process of running the laundry through its normal cycle. After about 30 minutes in there rolling around in the heated water and being thrown around in the rinse cycle, I took the ToughDrive out, dried it off and plugged it back into my Windows 2000 computer. Surprisingly, the drive appeared as a removable drive in My Computer and all of my data was perfectly intact. Yes, this is a true story and the ToughDrive is plugged in right now and working as I write this.
This was only a test to simulate what a common user might do with the ToughDrive but it passed with flying colors. The hot swappable USB plug is version 1.1 and 2.0 compatible for wide-ranging support.
The Final Word
I found the ATP Electronics ToughDrive to be incredibly durable. I left it in a cup of water overnight and when I took it out, dried it off and plugged it into my Mac, the removable drive appeared immediately and with no problems. I was surprised to find that my data that I had saved on the ToughDrive was completely intact. Now I am not suggesting you perform these same tests but this should have demonstrated that the ToughDrive can absorb a pretty good amount of stress. Even with the extra protection and durability of the ToughDrive, the products price is comparable to others in this marketplace.
The included USB Flash Disk Utility offers you the ability to pass protect your data just in case you lose it. You can also partition your ToughDrive through the disk utility.
The ToughDrive comes in five different storage capacities (256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB) and offer maximum throughput of 30 MB/s read and 20MB/s write data transfer speeds. The ATP ToughDrive is compatible with Windows 2000 / ME / XP, Mac, Mac OS 8.6, Linux Kernel 2.4.0 or above where you will not need to install a driver. You will need a device driver for Windows 98 and 98SE systems.
The ATP Electronics ToughDrive portable USB storage device is very durable product that will give you a great portable storage device without busting the bank. The ATP ToughDrive earns a 5-star recommendation.
About ATP Electronics
With over 14 years of experience in high end premium memory products, ATP is a true flash memory card manufacturer with industry leading design and production technology. Specializing in highest density, robust IC packaging, ATP offers a complete line of highly durable and reliable flash memory products.
You can find them online at http://www.atpinc.com/
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