updated 10:35 am EDT, Thu March 19, 2009
Freecom rugged drive
Earlier this week, Freecom released its new 2.5-inch ToughDrive Sport external hard drive that is claimed to be capable of withstanding adverse conditions. Available in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB capacities, the drive can withstand a drop onto a flat surface from up to 6.6 feet and can soak up to 300G of force when in operation or 1,000G when turned off. Data is also protected against more human threats through 256-bit encryption.
An integrated USB 2.0 cable that loops around the drive provides the computer connections, allowing it to transfer data at speeds up to 480Mbps. A Turbo USB driver lets Windows users transfer data at even higher, though unspecified, speeds. Back-up software that allows users to schedule regular file duplication is included with each ToughDrive Sport, which can also be used for porting installations on multiple PCs.
Freecom's ToughDrive Sport is now available throughout Europe, priced at the equivalent of $144 for the 250GB version, $170 for the 320GB drive, and $241 for the 500GB flagship. No plans to launch the drive in North America have yet been announced. [via TomsHardware]