Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Protecting Your Portable Data

I will admit to having a crazy fascination with data safety.  Way before HIPAA ruled the lives of those of us in healthcare, I was always mesmerized by things that kept files from getting lost.
Back in the day, it was all about keeping hard drives safe when traveling and that meant that I had to have at least 2 portable hard drives with me.  That was the only way I could be almost 100% sure of not having a data loss disaster while on the road.  That meant I usually was carrying a couple of Western Digital My Passport drives  in my computer bag.  That way if there was a disaster with either my computer or my slide deck, I could plug one of the drives into either my computer or someone else’s and run the presentation from the portable hard drive.  Of course, being a “belt & suspenders” guy, I had to have two portable USB drives just in case one didn’t work.
Then I discovered the awesomeness that is ioSafe Rugged Portable.  This piece of genius hardware is a portable USB drive, but with the incredible durability that ioSafe builds into their products.  I’m talking about things like:
  • Crush protection up to 2,500 lbs.
  • Drop protection up to 10’
  • Immersion protection up to 30’ for 3 days
If you need a true hard drive that can handle the rigors of the road, the latest Rugged Portable from ioSafe is available with SSD’s of either 500GB or 1TB capacity.
Recently my mind got to thinking about these kinds of things again.  At the American Dental Association meeting that was held last month in Atlanta I was meeting with a company about a new product they have in development.  In order to bring me up to speed on the project quickly, they had put a big bunch of files on a jump drive for me to take with me and review when I had the chance.  The jump drive I received was a Gorilla Drive (they wanted to make sure nothing happened to the files) and I was suddenly salivating all over a really rugged piece of hardware.
Now that memory has evolved to point that we no longer *need* to use true hard drives any more, valuable data can be backed up and stored on a variety of jump drives built specifically with the idea of durability in mind.
Since I received that drive in mid-October, I’ve been spending some of my free time checking out rugged portable options.  With the memory options we now have available, it may behoove off site backups to be done on a durable low cost jump drive instead of a USB drive with moving platters which I am currently using as ONE of my offsite options.
For this post, let’s look at the 32GB Gorilla Drive and the 32GB Corsair Survivor.
 Gorilla Drive
Since this was the one that started me thinking of this whole post, let’s start with it.  The Gorilla Drive is, in appearance, a fairly standard USB jump drive.  Notice I said “in appearance” because it pretty much changes after that.  The body of the drive and the cap are made of a very durable and thick rubberized material that feels incredibly durable.  The manufacturer calls it TPU material.  The USB part of the drive is protected by a cap made of theTPU material and it fits snugly.  It sort of “pops” into place and you have to give it a strong tug to remove it.  On the end opposite the USB connection there is an attachment loop made out of a strong metal that allows for the drive to be connected to a key ring, carabiner, etc.
It can withstand 250 PSI, temperatures from 32F to 225F, and it is water resistant up to 65’.
Corsair Survivor Stealth
Coming at things from a bit of a different angle, Corsair offers the Survivor Stealth.  The Survivor Stealth is a cylinder of aircraft-grade aluminum.  A cap on one end has a very solid & sturdy plastic connector for attaching to something.  The other end unscrews to reveal a USB jump drive:
The nice thing about the the threaded cap is that it provides serious protection to the drive underneath.  The Survivor Stealth  is water proof to 200M as well as being being protected from vibration or impact damage through the use of a molded shock damping collar.
If you are looking for some drives with serious thrill issues I think either one of these would be just fine.  If you are going to put a drive through insanity, the Survivor Stealth might be a little bit better, but if you need a drive with that much durability, you need help.
Seriously, for the person like me who travels a ton and wants to make sure their data is safe.  Gorilla Drive or Survivor Stealth provide a lot of piece of mind for a very low price. 

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