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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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  • Connor B.
  • 4/12/2015 10:30:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Perfectly

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

Pros: I got this before going overseas and it never took any damage in transit despite the fact it was on an outer pouch on my backpack and i wasn't gentle with it.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: It comes formatted as FAT32 bt thats easy to fix

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  • Greg K.
  • 3/6/2015 8:45:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnice case

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

Pros: Nice, secure case, full size USB sockets / plugs are more robust than the compact USB and less prone to bad connections when switching from one machine to another.

Cons: Started corrupting files after about 2 months use. Complete re-format worked for a while, but then corrupted files started to show up again.

Other Thoughts: I typically have problems with poor performance of compact USB connections on my mobile drives- never the drives themselves. This one has an excellent case and connectors, but if the guts don't work, what's the point.

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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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  • 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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