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One of the pitfalls of my fast internet connection is the ability to quickly overwhelm the storage space available on my laptop. For this reason I own several external harddrives, ranging from small portable numbers to large desktop storage dumps. While I try and choose well built and sturdy storage space there will always come a time when I manage to let my drive slip and fall. With this in mind I purchased the Case Logic Small Hard Drive Case.
Amazon quote that the case can handle drives up to 6" x 3.75" x 1.25", a quick look over my collection with a measuring tape tells me that I can fit all but the largest desktop sized hard drives into this case with ease. The case itself is made of a a textured fabric to aid grip and is lined with what I can make out to be some form of plastic meshwork to ensure stability. It feels quite stiff in your hand, not quite at the level of samsonite luggage but plenty strong enough to withstand being bounced around in a rucksack. The zip is quite sturdy on the exterior of the case but is not waterproof unfortunately. I haven't performed a water test on the case as I can tell straight away that it will leak worse than a sieve. Admittedly I rarely go swimming with my harddrives but at least some attempt at splash-proofing the case would have been nice. As a previous reviewer noted, a packet of silica gel should keep moisture to a minimum in the case.
On the inside of the case are two different sides, one for your drive and one for your associated cables. There is a strap on the drive side which allows you to tie down your drive and hopefully keep it stable inside the case. This is useful if your drive is smaller than the case itself as you don't want your drive to be sliding around when you're on the go. The other side has an elasticated pocket which allows convenient storage of your USB cables. There's tons of room in this pocket and I use it to store my SD cards and a card reader for my camera.
Overall you could do far worse when purchasing a hard drive case, this Case Logic model will house most if not all normally sized harddrives and will do so for the princely sum of £13 from Amazon. I have seen these retail at £20 in brick and mortar stores so do shop around before purchasing one as there are significant savings to be made online.
A few months ago I invested in a portable hard drive as I wanted to back up the photos on my laptop. I also needed a decent sized drive to transport work files around. After some deliberation I invested in an Iomega portable drive (which has been reviewed separately). As I'd be carrying the drive around with me I also wanted to buy a case to protect it. One that caught my eye was the Case Logic black small hard drive case, which was priced at £13.97 in store. This seemed a little expensive to me and I was certain I could get it cheaper online. Later that evening whilst browsing Amazon, I spotted the same case priced at £8.00 and so promptly popped it into my basket! (Annoyingly a couple of months on it is even cheaper online!)
The case itself is rectangular in shape with rounded corners. It has a hard shell that is covered in plastic type material. There is a good quality, chunky looking zip that runs along 3 of the 4 sides of the case. The case itself is extremely light, but appears hardwearing and the hard shell gives me confidence that should I accidentally drop the case with the drive inside it, the drive will be protected. The material also appeals to be waterproof and I tested this by pouring a little water over the case. The water seemed to slide off and didn't sink inside which is reassuring should my water bottle leak inside my bag. However if there is a major spillage I am unsure how this would cope.
The dimensions of the case are 9.4 x 14 x 4.3 cm and my hard drive fits comfortably inside this. I was a little confused by the sizing Amazon gave as they state that this should fit drives up to 6" x 3.75" x 1.25". I don't normally work in inches but a quick look at the ruler made me think that this was bigger than the size of the case! I'm glad that I looked at the case in the shop prior to buying online, as I was able to test whether the hard drive fit inside the case and so buy with confidence.
The case opens out like a book and the inside of the case is lined with a soft grey material. However, I was surprised to note that this was quite thin and unpadded. I think that the case would be more "shock-absorbing" if it was padded on the inside too. I suppose if I was feeling really paranoid I could wrap the drive in bubble-wrap before placing it in the case.
On one side of the case there is a thick elastic band under which the hard drive can be held. The elastic band is an extremely useful feature as it holds the drive securely in place, stopping it from moving around when it is being transported. My hard drive is a little smaller lengthwise than the size of the case but even then, the elastic band holds the drive securely, preventing it from sliding from place to place. On the other side is a net pocket, which I find an extremely useful feature as I use to store the USB cable that came with my drive.
I have been using this case to transport my drive in my bag for around two months now. I haven't dropped the case with my drive inside it (and nor do I intend to!) but should a minor fall happen I am confident that my drive will be protected. I can't say whether dropping the case from a great height would protect the drive inside. The case has been rattling around amongst the things in my bag for several weeks now and my drive is still working well and the case is unscathed. Overall this has done an excellent job of protecting my drive and after being used practically everyday, still looks like new. In my view it could be improved by having some padding on the inside, but that is a minor criticism and not worth loosing a star over. Highly recommended!
The Case Logic portable hard drive case is ideal for transporting your external hard drive safely and securely. External Hard Drives are generally less stable than other forms of memory, such as flash. Also, Hard Drives are easier effected by damp and the usual rough and tumble the day-to-day hand luggage often recieves. With this Case Logic product, you can protect your Hard Drive from such dangers, and at under a tenner is a worthwhile product for piece of mind. My external Hard Drive is used for the mass storage of digital images and word documents and the usual back-up of data. I do carry the Hard Drive around, and I believe a case of this description is invaluable for that reason.
The case is of a slimline design for compact transportation with the added benefit of no compromise deep padding. This particular case is intended for smaller portable hard drives, with dimensions of 5.5" x 3.7" x 1.7". Due to its small proportions, it is specially designed for small hard drives, and this also makes it very easy to fit into your bag or even briefcase. Upon opening the case, which has a zip on 3 sides, there is a pouch for accessories (cables etc.) and an elasticated strap to hold your hard drive in place securely. The case is quite plain in black, but there are some grey strips on the front, and the case Logic logo. The case itself is a hard shell exterior, and with the added padded lining there is no queestioning the protection given to your hard drive. The case comes in a variety of colours, there are blue cases with bright yellow lining - there is something for everyone.
Overall, the case is reassuringly sturdy and the high quality build gives the user piece of mind that this case will meet your needs for providing a secure and safe place for your valuable hard drive. Shop around and there are good discounts on this Case Logic product, I have seen this for sale at £20 and upwards in the past, so for under £10 it will give a sense of satisfaction also!
I've often found it curious that many of us trust all manners of our personal data on external portable hard drives, without taking any precautions to ensure that the hard drive remains in working order. I've seen countless people (including myself) carrying our drives in our pockets, or loose in a bag. External hard drives are not as tough as say flash memory, and are often susceptible to moisture as well as drops and knocks.
My main use for my external hard drive is to provide me with a bulk storage solution for my digital camera's memory cards. Quite often as a photographer, I can be away from home for a while and despite having 16Gb worth of memory cards I often run out of space. Therefore my hard drive is ideal to allow me to transfer any photos over from my memory cards. As you can imagine because of this I have to ensure that my hard drive and its contents remain safe.
This small hard drive carry case provides an ideal solution to the worst case scenario, offering piece of mind for less than a tenner in cost.
The carry case will accommodate hard drives up to 6" x 3.8" x 1.3" in size, which generally covers all portable drives on the market both past and present. It features a hard impact resistant exterior shell with a soft interior, and a strap to secure the drive for safe transport. The case has been well designed and is functional. Build quality is excellent as is the zip, which is easy to use providing quick access. The case seems to be pretty solid, and I would be perfectly happy to trust it will protect my hard drive from drops, and all other manners of environmental factors that could otherwise spell doom for my data.
The 'other half' of the internal pocket offers a place to carry any cables with you as well, which is especially useful if your hard drive features a detachable USB cable. Otherwise it can be used for a variety of other means such as providing storage space for flash drives or memory cards.
The fact that the case is slightly bigger than necessary for today's modern slim-line hard drives means it can be used with the older portable hard drives which were slightly larger in design.
While the case is just a bit too big to fit into your trouser pockets, it will happily fit in a larger coat pocket, or even better a brief case, laptop case, or a rug sack. Some might say that the case is too bulky, but I feel that its size makes it even more suited for its purpose. The fact that there is a gap between the hard drive and the edges of the case can be exploited by adding even additional protection such as a packet of silica gel, or even air cushions if deemed necessary.
Considering the build quality, usefulness, and the ability to help prevent a data disaster, this is the perfect accessory if you own an external portable hard drive and often carry it with you. While there are smaller and cheaper carry cases on the market, I imagine that they won't be quite as robust as this one from Caselogic.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
Compact case to store or transport smaller portable hard drives. Slimline design allows case to easily fit into any backpack or briefcase. Durable, hardshell exterior to protect valuable data. Interior strap secures portable hard drive in place. Zippered closureFits hard drives up to: 6" x 3.75" x 1.25"