Aegis Vault Capacity: 80, 120, 160, 250, 320 GB Interface: USB Durability Rating: Tip-over Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps External Power Supply: No Fan: No Dimensions: 0.75" x 3.3" x 4.7" Weight: 5.5 oz. Price: $129 (250 GB) Web Site
The 80-GB Aegis Vault is a bus-powered, USB drive with 128-bit AES encryption. While not officially classified as "rugged," the Vault nonetheless features a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system.
Buffalo is a prodigious international company with a range of external solutions that cover desktops and networks, data, and media, and the company even ventures into flash drives as well.
MiniStation TurboUSB Capacity: 120, 160, 250, 320, 500 GB Interface: USB Durability Rating: Tip-over Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps External Power Supply: No Fan: No Dimensions: 5" x 0.8" x 3.3" Weight: 6.72 oz. Price: $290 (500 GB) Web Site
The USB-only drive is available in sizes ranging from 120 GB to 500 GB and is powered through the USB port. It uses Memeo AutoBackup software and SecureLockWare encryption. Both are Windows-only applications.
DriveStation Combo 4 Capacity: 320, 500 GB, 1 TB Interface: USB, FireWire, FireWire 800, eSATA Durability Rating: Tip-over Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps, 400 Mbps, 800 Mbps, 3 GBps External Power Supply: Yes Fan: No Dimensions: 1.5" x 5" x 9 Weight: 51.4 oz. Price: $164 (500 GB) Web Site
Meant more for the desktop than the shirt pocket, the Combo 4 is available in 320-GB to 1-TB sizes and runs the gamut of interface options with USB, FireWire, FireWire 800, and eSATA. According to Buffalo, it powers down with your computer and features the same backup and security options as the MiniStation TurboUSB drive.
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