ADATA DashDrive Durable 500GB review

You pay a little extra for durability, but it could be worth it if you’re accident prone

17 Aug 2012
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500GB hard disk, USB3, 99x132x22mm

Take one look at the DashDrive Durable 500GB and it’s clear it is designed to take some punishment. It’s a rubber-coated portable hard disk that has been tested to the toughest military standards and is able to withstand being submerged in meter-deep water for up to 30 minutes. Adata also claims that it conforms to the US military MIL-STD-810G drop test. This official test states mobile equipment must survive a drop from 1.22m -we knocked off our desk and it lived to tell the tale.

ADATA DashDrive Durable 500GB

Adata provides a link to its HDDtoGO software in the box – it’s a basic tool that can synchronise particular folders between your desktop and the disk, but it’s no replacement for a dedicated backup program.. It also comes formatted in FAT32, rather than NTFS, which means Mac owners can start saving their files to it right away, but if you’ll be using it exclusively with Windows it makes sense to reformat to NTFS. If you do, you’ll end up with 465GB of usable space.

Performance over USB3 was fairly average – the DashDrive could write large files at 67.2MB/s and read them at 75.9MB/s. Small files were a bigger challenge, where it could write at 22.6MB/s and read at 36.2MB/s.

ADATA DashDrive Durable 500GB

At 13p per gigabyte, it’s slightly more expensive than other, non-rugged portable disks, and the absence of any backup software is a shame, but if you want the reassurance that a knock or drop won’t wipe out your backed-up files, the DashDrive is a good choice. For most people, fast-performing and well-priced Seagate Backup Plus Portable 500GB is the better choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****


Hard disk Seagate Momentus ST9500325AS
Capacity 500GB
Formatted capacity 465GB
Price per gigabyte £0.13
Disk size 2.5in
Interface USB3
Power connector USB3 from host
Spindle speed 5400rpm
Cache 8MB
Seek time 14.0ms
Weight 220g
Size 99x132x22mm
Power consumption idle N/A
Power consumption active N/A

Buying Information

Backup software included HDDtoGO
Price £65
Warranty three years RTB

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