Plextor PX-SP08U Shock Proof Portable Hard Drive

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Plextor PX-SP08U Shock Proof Portable Hard Drive
Shock Proof - Not Drag Proof

Product: Plextor PX-SP08U Shock Proof Portable Hard Drive
Provided By: Plextor America
Price: $169USD MSRP
Reviewed By: Ryan Ward

Introduction: defines 'Shock Proof' as, "Constructed or designed to withstand blows or jarring." What they don't define is how many blows or how severe the jarring. When Zeus asked me if I wanted to review a Plextor 'shock proof' hard drive the first thing that came to mind was, "It's going to be fun defining 'shock proof'". Some would be disgusted at what I've done to this poor hard drive and many would condemn me for willingly subjecting it to this treatment. As a reviewer it's my job to test the claims of a company and I've done just that.

Disclaimer: Please do not perform any of the destructive testing methods you will read about or watch in a video on this website. Not only can we not guarantee the same results, but subjecting even a shock proof hard drive to what I have is just wrong...Don't do it!

System Specs:

The specs for the test rig really aren't that important, but here they are anyway:

  • Pentium 4 3.0C @ 3.75Ghz
  • Asus P4C-800E Deluxe
  • 1 Gig Crucial Ballistix
  • Sapphire X800GTO
  • Audigy 2 ZS
  • 72 Gigs of WD Raptor RAID
  • Total 370 Gigs Mixed Storage
  • Plextor PX-755SA DVD-RW DL
  • Plextor PX-716AL Slot Load DVD-RW

The Package:

The drive comes in a nice small package. The package contains the bare essentials which include the drive, an instruction leaflet, and of course the USB cable. No software is included in the package. I realize that no software is needed, but there is Plextor Hard Drive software available on the net and it would have been nice to have a copy on CD or even a little note to say, "Hey, there's software over on our website." For anybody that's interested the Plextor Hard Drive testing program is here. Here's the list of specs from the website:

Part Number :  PX-SP08U-NA
Capacity :  80 GB
Interface :  USB 2.0-port
Transmission Speed USB 2.0 Max 480 Mbps
USB 1.1 Max 11 Mbps
Rotational Speed  5400 RPM
Cache Size 8MB
Enviromental 41º~95º F. 5º~35º C
Dimensions : (WxHxD) 3.33 in x 0.74 in.x 5.51 in
84.7 mm x 18.8 mm x 140 mm
Base size 2.92 in x 0.49 mm x 5.06 in
74.2 mm x 12.5 mm x 128.6 mm
Weight :  0.47 lbps/ 0.21 kg
Base weight .37 lbs/ 0.17 kg
Warranty :  Two- Year Limited Warranty (Parts and Labor)

Here's a shot of the package, the front, and the back of the drive:

Below are snap shots of the instruction leaflet. The instruction side says in pictures to plug the drive into your computer. The other side has all of the caution symbols which I read as don't let it get hot, don't poke it with a screwdriver, don't pour water on it, don't let dust be around it, don't let it get rained on, don't put it in the sun, and don't put anything heavy on it. The caution side doesn't really say "don't" so at least be cautious if you decide to perform any of the above.

Below are more shots of the drive. The first is the drive without the protective boot, the second is the boot itself. Check out the little rubber spikes that line the inside of the rubber boot. Best guess is this is what provides most of the shock dampening. Next is the drive outside of the case, the top of the drive, the bottom of the drive, and the USB controller. The case is all aluminum with the exception of the ends. One side has the USB controller and connector, the other side is simply a plastic cap. It's quite a sleek unit even with the protective boot attached.

As you can see, the PX-SP08U sports a Samsung Spinrite MP0804H hard drive. The long list of specs for this drive are here. I know you can't tell from the picture 'cause my camera takes really crappy close up pictures, but one of the symbols and print on the drives clearly says, "Do Not Drop." ;)