ATP 4GB ToughDrive Camo - Specs and Performance Testing

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ATP 4GB ToughDrive Camo
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Features & Specifications:

Before we jump into the performance tests we should take a look and see what the ATP ToughDrive claims in terms of speed.

  • Camouflage Coating: Special Edition Desert Camouflage Printing
  • Tough & Highly Durable: Tough Synthetic Polymer Housing for shock absorption and water resistance
  • High data transfer rate: Up to 30 MB/s! Speed up file transfers and multimedia streaming
  • Compatibility: No driver needed for Windows 2000 / ME / XP, Mac. OS 8.6 or above , Linux Kernel 2.4.0 or above
  • SIP Technology: Manufactured with ATP's SIP technology, allowing for waterproof, shock proof and dust proof


ATP Part Numbers


Capacities 1GB to 8GB
Connectivity High speed USB 1.1 / 2.0 compliant
Texture/Coating Synthetic polymer
Indicator LED light indicator
Software Embedded Drive partitioning, password protection
Data Transfer Speed Up to 30 MB/s
Endurance >10,000 cycles (read/write and erase)
Data retention 10 years
Length 75mm +/- 0.20mm
Width 21mm +/- 0.15mm
Thickness 11mm +/- 0.10mm


Performance Testing:

We kept things pretty basic for the testing portion of this review.  We ran ATTO and HDTach on the drive to see how it compares to other drives we've tested in the past.  We don't have direct ATTO numbers for comparison, but we've compared HDTach to the A-Data PD7 mentioned earlier as well as the SuperTalent Pico drive.

ATTO Performance

The ATP 4GB ToughDrive does a fine job according to ATTO.  Once the file size hits 512K blocks, the read performance maxes out at over 30,000 MB/sec.  The write speed hits its peak around 128K block size. 


We then fired up HDTach and ran the "Full" benchmark including the write test in order to see how the drive performs from start to finish.  On flash based storage there should be no difference in performance from the first block to the last, but on mechanical storage this does indeed become a factor.

HDDTach - Test
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The drive performed quite well all by itself, but let's compare how it stacks up to some other drives.

 HDTach Chart

It never came in first, but it didn't come in last either.  The A-Data PD7 is a blistering fast drive in both read and write tests and the ToughDrive can almost keep up in the reading department.  When writing, it pulls a respectable 15.8MB/sec speed - 5.2MB/sec faster than the SuperTalent Pico, but 6.6MB/sec slower than the PD7.  All-in-all it's a decent drive. . . but wait, there's more! (on the next page)