LaCie's Rugged Safe External HDD Combines Encryption with a Shock-Proof Case

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LaCie's new Rugged Safe HDD is for the super-paranoid: it offers 128-bit AES hardware encryption, biometric fingerprint access and a shock-proof enclosure. Your high school papers and pirated SNES ROMs will be downright untouchable.

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The Rugged Safe comes in two varieties: 500GB for $190 and 1TB for $300. It attaches via either USB 2.0 or FireWire 800, and should be available immediately, although its currently sold out on LaCie's website. [LaCie]

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DISCUSSION

TrueCrypt offers 256 bit AES and is free.

Fingerprint scanners are cheap enough to put in even the crappiest laptops nowadays.

Schock proof enclosure is just a pile of rubber.

I fail to see the $200 premium.

Also, it's ugly. Unlike the shiny Neil Poulton Lacie disks.