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Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB USB 3.0 Black Shockproof Portable Hard DriveSP010TBPHDA30S3K

  • Internal anti-shock hard drive suspension
  • Meet U.S. military drop-test standards
  • Cable carry design (USB 3.0 and 2.0 compatibility)
  • No power adapter required
  • 3 year manufacturer warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/4/2014 1:46:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSuperb drive with fast transfer rates and all the physical protection you'll need

This review is from: Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB USB 3.0 Black Shockproof Portable Hard DriveSP010TBPHDA30S3K - Retail

Pros: Despite the military-grade shockproof protection, this is a slim drive that's roughly the same size as any other 2.5" portable hard drive. After unboxing it I dropped it from above head height onto my lino covered wooden kitchen floor and it survived intact without any damage or marks left on the case and it worked when I connected to my laptop.

It draws its power via the included USB-USB (i.e. not USB-Micro USB) cable, therefore there's no need for an extra power lead. My Windows 7 laptop recognised it immediately and automatically installed a couple of drivers. It comes formatted to FAT32 but before using it I reformatted it to NTFS (a quick 10 second Windows process).

Copying 285GB of data to it took around 90 minutes with a very impressive average transfer rate of 61MB/s. I use a USB 3.0 ExpressCard adapter so you should get even faster speeds with built-in USB 3.0. It's backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

It looks modern and stylish (the high quality photos here don't really do it justice), with a black case made of very hard, reinforced plastic and six orange silicone shock absorbers. The shock absorbers - and I really do like this - double as the USB cable holder when it's in transit. It's silent in operation.

In summary, this is a high quality 1TB portable hard drive and its's now replaced my Seagate portable drive. With impressive transfer speeds and the peace of mind the shockproof protection offers, it's well worth the money and I definitely recommend it. It has a 3 year warranty.

Cons: None

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  • Andy f.
  • 11/26/2014 10:38:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsQuality Rugged Hard Drive

This review is from: Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB USB 3.0 Black Shockproof Portable Hard DriveSP010TBPHDA30S3K - Retail

Pros: This is a very nice quality hard drive.

In the box you get the hard drive, the USB 3.0 cable and the instructions.

The hard drive itself is slim and small 16.2 x 15.8 x 3.8 cm and weighs in at circa 340 grams.

The main body of the drives case is made of a quality black plastic, each corner is orange and there are an additional two orange rubber lugs in the middle of the hard drive which not only provide protection but also act as the USB 3.0 cable retainer for safe transportation.

Silicon Power suggest that the hard drive has the following features:

Shockproof - Drop protection meets US Military (MIL-STD-810G) Standards
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - High transferring rate up to 5Gb/sec
Wrap-around Cable System - Brilliant USB 3.0 cable Storage Design
Works with PCs and Macs - Share data and files between different platforms

In the product description they say "Armor A30 simply provides the best all-around protection in an amazingly tough and durable enclosure. It offers military-grade shockproof protection by including a shock-resistant silica gel from the internal structure to the exterior which adds an extra shield to withstand shocks and crushes" and so I firstly I looked up the drop protection standards and found the following on the internet

"This is probably the method that is cited the most by manufacturers and agencies alike. Part of this test method is sometimes referred to as the "drop" test, and it gauges how well a device holds up to impacts while falling from certain heights. The tests are designed to determine how well a device can put up with general physical abuse while in operation, but not from factors such as nearby explosions (these are covered in separate methods).

There are eight different procedures to choose from that each use different ways to cause shock or impact, but Procedure IV (transit drop) is the most often cited. The test was primarily designed for materiel that is loaded or unloaded from a vehicle, or taken off of a shelf, but for mobile devices it could certainly apply to nearly any operational instance.

How extensive Procedure IV gets is determined by the object's weight. Personal computing devices would fall into the first category, which is for weights of less than 100 pounds and lengths of less than 91 cm (36 inches). The floor of the drop zone is two inches of plywood over concrete, which was determined to be the most common surface a device was likely to land on. Testers drop the device from a height of 4 feet on each of its six faces, 12 edges and eight corners, for a total of 26 drops. They visually inspect for damage and determine whether it still works after each drop. If a manufacturer requests, the 26 drops can be divided among five identical items.

Note that many manufacturers, particularly those of larger notebook computers, cite that their products were tested up to a shorter distance. If an object's longest dimension exceeded 91 cm, then it would be dropped from 76 cm (30

Cons: none

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  • Sang A.
  • 10/1/2014 9:03:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExternal HDD that you can toss in your bag

This review is from: Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB USB 3.0 Black Shockproof Portable Hard DriveSP010TBPHDA30S3K - Retail

Pros: One of the most distinct character of this hard drive is the bumpers (orange in my case) that are in tact along the edges and corners and act as shock absorber. The bumpers also have cutouts to hold the USB cable around the edges of the device and stays nice and tight without any dangling motions.

By connecting the hard drive to the computer, it starts spinning in a barely noticeable noise and is ready to go. With a USB 3.0 port, I got an average speed of 106MB read and 77MB write, and it transfered files very fast considering that it's still a spinning hard drive and not a solid state drive. Moving a 1GB large video took about 7 seconds and it would still read/write fine while the hard drive is being hit against a table top. While I haven't tried throwing the hard drive across the room, I did drop it from 6 feet up high and ta da, still good to go. The indicator light is also embedded beneath the black casing with a blue light. It's hidden and visible, but not extremely bright where it gets distracting, great.

It's a perfect external hard drive for your to go needs. Since there's no turning back on a damaged hard drive, this hard drive is definitely a relief from being afraid of losing data like the precious pictures you took last trip. The design is appealing, speed is fast for a spinning hard drive, and it remains idle when not being used so you can even keep it hooked up to a desktop at all times. I feel confident that this hard drive will survive a minor earthquake and some abuses from even angry children, haha.

Cons: There isn't anything bad with this hard drive at all.

Other Thoughts: For more detailed review, check out Normal Consumer [dot] com

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  • Nathan F.
  • 6/18/2014 5:24:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWatch the cable, enjoy the drive

This review is from: Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB USB 3.0 Black Shockproof Portable Hard DriveSP010TBPHDA30S3K - Retail

Pros: Bought two of these (2TB version) through another account. Both are working fine with the exception of one cable (more on that later). The enclosure has excellent construction, and it is very easy to break down if I have to replace the drive in the future.

The inner rubber lining (orange bit on the black version) is more like a cage that continues underneath the plastic cover, and there are foam spacers between the cover and the hard drive as part of the suspension.

With USB 3.0, speeds seem to peek around 100MB/s and average in the low to mid 90s. This is on m4v video transfers from a WD 2TB 7200rpm backup drive. Very satisfactory for my intentions as a college backup drive.

Cons: One of the cables that came with the drives refuses to pass USB 3.0. Luckily I had a few USB 3.0 superspeed enabled computers and two drives for comparison, so I tested both thoroughly, swapping cables, drives, computers, different files, etc. Whatever the cause, it occurs only with the cable in question, and operates at USB 2.0 speeds or less. Transfer rates seemed to hover in the low 20s.

I'd suggest tacking on a spare USB 3.0 cable to your order when you buy this drive. If the stock cable fails you have an instant replacement. If you somehow misplace the original, you have a spare.

Other Thoughts: I suspect this case will be with me a long after the drive passes MTBF (if I'm lucky). I would still have to physically verify that any old 2.5" SATA can work with the interface board by Silicon Power though.

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  • John w.
  • 12/15/2013 9:05:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSeriously

This review is from: Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB USB 3.0 Black Shockproof Portable Hard DriveSP010TBPHDA30S3K - Retail

Pros: none, can't use it...

Cons: Didn't come with a usb 3.0 cable so I can't even use it.

Other Thoughts: Poor Q&A.

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