Summary: I purchased this drive so I'd have something rugged and safe to store my pictures on that I could take with me. Something I could throw in my carry-on luggage and not worry about it getting banged around like you would with most hard drives. From that standpoint, it's been good. The thing has always been fine getting thrown in a bag and knocked around a bit. That said, there is one MAJOR flaw in the design.
Summary: I have had multiple issues with random disconnects while moving files across to it. last weekend I had to move nearly 2 TB of files off a server to set up a new RAID 5 array and while using this one it would randomly just disconnect. I tried it in different 3.0 ports as well as 2.0 ports; same issue. When it's working correctly it's nice, but that was unbearable when I should be able to start the transfer and walk away without coming back to have to "try again".
Summary: it's a decent drive when it works, but it is so sensitive to the slightest movement that it is useless as a mobile drive and barely functional as a desktop external.
Pros: cheap, rugged and shockproof. I don't worry about it moving around in my bag. the short cable forces me to leave it near my laptop or any work computer which means I won't forget it anywhere.
Cons: almost immediately, I noticed that the usb cable attachment is flimsy. The slightest move detaches the drive from my laptop. I use it as a work drive so it's imperative that I can access my files on a continuous basis. If I put my mbp to sleep, the drive fails to load on waking my laptop and I have to use the 10 min long repair function in disk utility to be able to access the drive again. About once per month, I have to load it on my windows 7 desktop when disk utili...
Nothing that isn't there on any other USB 3 drive, hardly shock and water proof
John S. Dean "John", Amazon
1 December 2012
Summary: The rubberized cover on this (the black / yellow around the edges that leaves just the middle swath uncovered) is cheap and flimsy, and not even adhered to the drive - so it pulls away. There's a small rubber cover for the port for the cable that does a very poor job covering the port and comes out all the time with little provocation. I had grabbed one of these from another online vendor who owed me a $50 credit on my next purchase, so got it for cheaper.
Creative Idea, Average Realization, NewEgg Failure
Alex C., Newegg
16 November 2012
Summary: I can see the disadvantage of having the combination of a mini USB port and a short USB cable from the comparison of the HD710 with the SiliconPower Rugged Armor A80 portable drive (that has regular USB port and long USB cable). I have both of these drives. I took one additional egg off because of the deteriorating quality of NewEgg’s service. First, the product was poorly packaged.
Pros: It is a creative idea to place the plastic enclosure of the HD710 in an uncommon silicone material that protects the drive from the damage and stores a wrap-around USB cable. Low price during sales ($69.99 after rebate). Plug and play in Win XP/Vista/7 without problems. HDD: Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB (Samsung SpinPoint M8). 3 years warranty.
Cons: I have been using this drive for 6 months and the experience has been: The silicon material starts to come off because of the bad, dot glue. It is hard to properly close the mini USB port by the silicon cover and I don’t recommend water proof experiments. The main body of the enclosure is made of cheap plastic. So, the drive is protected only around the perimeter. The wrong combination of a mini USB port and a short USB cable creates an increased wrench, resulting in ...
Summary: Would never recommend this to anyone. However, at the time it was ordered, it fit the price-point to fix a vibration issue eating drives like m&m's.. And with a little tweaking, it fixed the issue (at least for the time being)..
Pros: I knew the connector was gonna suck, did research elsewhere, and figured out a more mechanical workaround. Defeats the 'water-proof' factor (stop laughing in the back!) but not the shock-proof.. Needed a quick fix for some heavy vibration issues and this worked.
Cons: The connector is ridiculously easy to wear out without some 'tightening' with physical material to compensate for a defective design. The Engineer behind this flaw (where's the ruggedness?) should be seriously fired.. Thank heavens for the ability to hack something together..
Summary: The outer rubber sleeve was also not very well attached. I would not trust this around much water.....
Pros: Fast transfer, good price on sale.
Cons: after about 2 weeks of use I started getting connection issues. Seems the usb3 connector is not very sturdy and has a lot of movement which is causing disconnects. The cable is to stiff and puts a strain on the connector which then starts to fail. Trying to get my backup backed up before I lose data. Then I will see if I can return for a replacement...