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Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Military Grade Portable Hard Drive SP010TBPHDA80S3B Blue
  • Shockproof - Meets US Military Standards
  • Waterproof Protection up to 3 feet for 30 mins
  • Solid Metal Construction - Full body metal protection
  • USB 3.0 Cable Storage System
  • $82.99
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

Small, sturdy, quiet. I could feel it running when I held it, but the only other indication it was on was the power/activity LED. Great capacity for the price.

Cons:

Still a spinning magnetic media, so it's not as fast as an SSD would be. But since no SSD will match is price for years, this really isn't a Con.

Other Thoughts:

I configured this to be an encrypted disk on Linux, and filled the disk with random data. It ran writing continuously for a week without problems.

Works with USB2 at 20+MBps write, about 28MBps read. My motherboard's USB3 port achieved 20-40MBps write, 45+MBps read speeds. The fluctuations in the speeds seem to be due to buffers being flushed, so the write speed indicator never stabilized.

One interesting note, I reformatted in NTFS yesterday as a test, it only reached 75% complete after 9 hours when I had to stop. Formatting in EXT4 took less than 15 minutes.

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  • Curtis H.
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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