ADATA HD710A Rugged USB 3.0 HDD - Abuse-Proof and Final Thoughts

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ADATA HD710A Rugged USB 3.0 HDD
Features and Specifications
Performance Testing
Abuse-Proof and Final Thoughts

 

Liquid and Shock Testing:

At BCCHardware we always try to test products and push them to their limits. Our job is to see if products live up to their claims or fall short. We often do just do this in terms of performance, but when a product claims to be tough and be waterproof, well, we take this as a personal challenge.

To be fair, we don't expect unrealistic results from dropping a mechanical drive or running over it. Anything that is abused will break eventually. ADATA claims that this drive has "Military-grade Shockproof Protection" and cites US Military MIL-STD-810G as their reference. Exploring this shows that the drop is a 4-foot drop onto 2-inch thick plywood laid over concrete and I can say from experience that this drive would survive that drop distance all day long.

Before we dropped this drive, we did stick it in a tub of pretty nasty rainwater... and it survived. Check out all of the details below.

 

Final Thoughts:

It's been almost a year since I personally got a chance to play with an external USB 3.0 hard drive and the last one I used was a 2TB "Tough" drive. The performance was slightly better on that unit, but then again, higher density drives always perform a bit better. The reality is that this is a very tough and waterproof / dustproof drive that can really take a drowning or a beating and still provide fast access to your files. I really like this drive over the Silicon Power A30 as the rubber armor protects this unit from more than just drops on the corners.

While the performance isn't the best on the planet, reaching read and write speeds in excess of 110MB/sec is not bad at all - especially over a USB 3.0 connection to a mechanical drive.

In terms of ruggedness and reliability, ADATA does meet and surpass the US Military MIL-STD-810G impact tests. To sweeten the deal, ADATA has sealed this drive against total dust and water ingress. This of course is dependant on having the plug properly inserted at the bottom of the drive. Still, at the end of the day it does what they claim and more.

In the end, the performance is very good and the durability is fantastic. ADATA also makes a 2TB version of this drive that will probably edge out the performance of this one, and make it our top choice for a rugged portable hard drive. Still, at $70, it's pretty hard to go wrong with this 1TB version. I was very impressed.

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Pros:

  • Good performance
  • Rugged design stands up to impact
  • Sealed against dust and liquid
  • Great value at $70

 

Cons:

  • Plug must be securely inserted for IP68 rating

 

I'd like to send a big thank-you to ADATA for sending us this drive to review and abuse. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please post it at the link here.