This drive is just what it says on the packet, TOUGH!
The rubber outer covering makes the surface of the drive resilient to dropping, smacking, and even being thrown across the room (but I do not recommend). The simple pull out USB connector slots away to stop any possible damage and even the USB connector lead is covered in a soft rubber.
The drive requires no additional power supply and runs off any USB slot, and has no additional software. Windows XP and preceeding OS systems install as a mass storage drive for convenience. Even though the drive is a little bigger than you would expect, it is still able to fit in most average pockets although you will struggle if you try fitting in your tight jeans hip pockets. Chances are this will not only put stress on the drive but promote bodily damage aswell (tried, will not do it again).
If you require a drive to use in harsh environments then this is the one for you. If not, just stick with a standard USB drive but this will limit your storage capacity compared with the large capacity of the tough drive.
I originally got a Freecom Toughdrive at work to store all my documents on. I have had that one now for 2 years and not once has it failed me. It is very sturdy and as the name suggest is tough. I have dropped it a number of times and it has always worked fine. I can store so much on the toughdrive and still have plenty of room left for future work. It has a USB connector built in so it is easy to carry around and plug straight into a computer. I was so impressed with this hardrive that I got rid of the big external hardrive i had at home (one of the ones that needs to be plugged into the mains aswell) and bought another toughdrive. I use it to put all of my music on to free up space on my computer and also to back up all of my photographs is my computer ever died.
I highly recommend this product which is also at a reasonable price!
I bought this product from Amazon a year ago when it was at a good price (about £50 then) as I needed somewhere to store music, videos and photos as well as storage space to back up important documents.
Although it is marketed as 120GB not all of this space is available for you to store your files on. This is not just isolated to Freecom hard drives but to any as it is to do with the different way that storage space is measured by the computer and the drive i.e. a Megabyte is actually 1024kb but only 1000kb is recognised. I ended up with about 112GB of space due to this.
The hard drive itself felt sturdy and using it was incredibly easy. You just plug it into the USB port, let the computer recognise it and then start moving files around. There is a CD included in the box that can do automatic backups for you but I didn't use this.
An extension USB lead is included which tags on to the end of the integral USB and is about 50cm long. This is useful as it prevents strain on the integral USB if its supporting the weight of the drive.
Unfortunately, a month ago my one stopped working with the computer only recognising the drive for short periods of time before disconnecting. Luckily, all Freecom products come with a 2 year warranty. You can register the product on their website and then email them if you have a problem. Their service was good and very fast. Within 12 hours of my initial email describing the problem they had emailed me a returns labelled. I returned it by recorded delivery and had a brandnew one sent by return of post although they do not offer a data recovery service.
I do not know if this problem was an internal fault or caused possibly by me putting too much strain on the USB. However with good service and a replacement this external drive does the job.