Keeping your valuable data safe from some nasty computer spasm that wipes it back to a line of useless noughts is very sensible.

And if you’re going to back up, you may as well do it with a hard-drive that can survive an apocalyptic nuclear blast.

Bumper car

While that may be a slight exaggeration of the LaCie Rugged’s abilities, it’s certainly a battleship to most hard-drives’ vulnerable dinghies.

An aluminium case with a wrap-around rubber bumper provides the outer armour against knocks, while a second line of defence lurks inside. The hard drive itself is mounted on four shock absorbing bumpers, helping to isolate the mechanism from impacts.  

Drop test

It’s also small and portable, and LaCie claims that it’s survived its drop tests from almost a metre. We dropped our 200GB model from a little higher than that: the aluminium case now sports a battle scar dent, but the drive still runs perfectly.

Taking a tumble

LaCie doesn’t recommend dropping it when it’s in operation. So we did, just to push it a little.

Nudged off a desk while backing up a file, the test rig just bounced and carried on writing the data without a glitch. Now we might just have been lucky and it’s probably not a good idea to do this a daily basis, but we were suitably impressed.

If you’re slightly cack-handed and require a bit more storage, the Rugged is also available in 320GB and 500GB capacities with either USB 2.0 or FireWire connections, though the 200GB USB and 300GB FireWire are the only ones with the faster 7200 RPM drive. 


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LaCie Rugged Hard Disk review

As rugged as it claims to be and makes other hard-drives look like spineless wimps