Excerpt: This is a great USB storage device, it not only offers a stunning memory of 80GB but it is also covered in a silicon membrane as a shock absorber. Unlike most other storage devices this one can drop from the height of your pocket/briefcase and it won’t break.
Summary: Kept it in a drawer for most of the time and used it as a backup. The light still comes on but isn't recognised by any computer or mac. No help from Freecom- they won't replace/fix it if I go to my local computer shop to retrieve my lost information (data recovery costs £hundreds with Freecom and takes weeks).
Summary: This device is high quality and does what it says without fuss. The drawback is the very short plug, so you will have to get an extension. Don't be put off by this. Freecom is a brand I have used before and they are very good indeed.
Summary: Secure and robust. The built-in USB connector is everything you could expect, but not suitable for repeatedly hanging the disk from a high-up USB port. A note of configuration. The setup insists you keep part of the disk unencrypted. The minimum is 100mb I think. This is a great place to put the files which run the password input dialog, so you're not dependent on having these programs on a hard disk.
Had 5 of these drives and 1 failure over a space of about 6 years.
J. Lee "Cape Is Home", Amazon
23 February 2014
Summary: I've just bought another one of these drives. I bought it due to the cable. Yes it's a bit short but it's very stable. A lot more stable than a mini usb port. The drive that packed up was an extreme tough drive. I see that Freecom doesn't do them anymore so that says it all. With regards to a mini usb connection. I've got a WD 1TB with a min usb drive. The connection broke after a year of daily use thus I've just bought my 5th Freecom Tough Drive.
Summary: I have now bought three of these drives over the last two years, and have several friends who have bought them on my recommendation. The protective casing ensures that when the drive is accidentally dropped it does not break. I have a 16 year old son who still hasn't managed to break one of these after a year and a colleague who is still using the 500GB version he bought 5 years ago which he confesses to having dropped several times over the years.