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on Jul 30, 2019 in Field Reports

G-Tech ArmorATD

When G-Tech reached out asking that I field-test their new ArmorATD drive that is “armored,” my curiosity was peaked. When the G-Tech Pelican case was handed to me by Mr. FedEx, I couldn’t get it open fast enough! I’ve blogged about G-Tech drives many times so it’s no secret I’m a fan but the field testing of an “armored” drive has been fun (I did it on a Monday!). The photo you see above was before the ArmorATD was dropped, watered, stepped on (it will take 1000lbs) and kicked with 3.2TB of stills and video loaded up on it. If it didn’t take all the abuse and keep on working, I wouldn’t be writing about it now. Here are the general specs:

  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 135 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
  • Triple-Layer Shock Resistance
  • Rain- and Dust-Resistant (IP54-Rated)
  • 1000 Pound Crush Rating
  • Can Withstand Drops from 3.3′
  • Thunderbolt 3 Compatible
  • Preformatted for Windows & Mac
  • 3-Year Limited Waranty
  • USB-C / USB-A adapter (that’s really cool)
  • On my MacBook Pro and iMac, I found transfer rates hovering around 125MB/s but that’s plenty fast to permit direct editing from the drive in Premiere Pro CC. While a tad thicker than your normal drive, the ruggedness of the drive more than makes up for that. Even the USB port has a rubberized tab for weather protection. With a price point of $139 for 4TB (the drive I tested), it’s a pretty darn good deal. If storage protection for your next adventure is a priority, I highly recommend G-Tech’s new ArmorATD!

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