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Protect Your External Hard Drive from Lizards and Dirt and Destruction

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External hard drives are wonderful for all our gigabytes of tasteful porn and legally downloaded media, but what happens when you drop one? Your data might die. You spent a long time hoarding that stuff! Give it a nice shield.


Western Digital's $30 Nomad case is rugged enough for drops, debris, putting a stiff polycarbonate shell and elastomer cushioning between your precious files and the natural world. Provided your precious files are on a Western Digital My Passport drive.

It's even got a little clip for you to attach it to your belt, as is the style of the day (or someday). And if you should need to transfer some stuff in the midst of your hail storm/blizzard/dust vortex, you can just flip open a little USB port-sized hatch and plug on in. [Western Digital via Ubergizmo]


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This should be an unnecessary.

All external hard drives are basically normal 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives in a custom enclosure and an IDE/SATA to USB and/or eSATA adapter.

Ideally, the enclosure would provide sufficient protection to prevent loss of data if the device is dropped. The enclosure may be cracked or even broken, but no data loss would occur as the drive inside would be fully intact.

Such a case would be interesting if it was water proof. As it is apparently it will seal out moisture, but may or may not protect your drive from a drop in the drink.

I suppose it would be more enticing with a high capacity drive if it was transported regularly. I have a 320GB drive I bought a couple of years ago for $60. I'm not about to spend half that over again to protect it, especially since it rarely leaves my room.