If a hard drive is going everywhere with you, it’s a smart move to get one of these ruggedized ones. I recently reviewed LaCie’s 1TB Rugged XL, and while I found it to be less than a rock, it was more sturdy than your average drive and more prepared for the everyday issues one runs into. These A-DATA SH93 models, however, are fully rugged, conforming to MIL-STD-810 ruggedness parameters, meaning it can be dropped while running and can survive under a few feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
That’s right, now you can take your drive into the shower with you. It’s really more that you don’t have to worry about losing all your backups if you spill coffee on it, but the limitations are good to know anyway. Personally, my advice is to have your regular in-PC hard drive, a large backup or two that stay on your desk, and then a 2.5″ drive to carry around with you. And if you’re going to be carrying it around, may as well make it a rugged one, right?
They’re available in 250, 320, 500, and 640GB versions, but there’s no pricing info yet. I’d guess you’re looking at at least a $50 premium on similarly-sized drives. I’ll see what I can do about reviewing one of these suckers.