The modern workforce is no longer constrained by the need to be in an office; mobile workers are rapidly becoming the norm, which means that external hard drives have become an indispensible part of their armoury. After all, backing up important information has always been critical, and never more so than when you are on the move.


While the benefits of external hard drives are well known, so too are their disadvantages. Being portable, these devices are extremely vulnerable to theft, while they also generally tend to be fragile. There are few people out there who haven’t accidentally dropped a portable electronic device at some point, so the potential for accidental damage is a very real concern.


That has all changed now, thanks to the introduction of the Freecom Tough Drive 3.0, supplied by Verbatim. Clive Groeneveld, Marketing Manager for Verbatim SA says that this device utilises a handy and easy to use 256bit AES data encryption application, which prevents your sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands, should it be lost or stolen. Furthermore, it is designed to be safe from the kind of damage that might be incurred by clumsiness or carelessness.


“The Tough Drive, as its name suggests, has been built to withstand the kinds of bumps and knocks that can accidentally happen to devices of this nature. It is fitted with an internal anti-shock frame and a soft silicone cover on the outside. This combination offers a level of shock protection not found in other external hard drives,” states Groeneveld.


Groeneveld points out that in the modern business environment, many people carry their entire office with them. In such cases, loss of or damage to a Notebook, PDA or mobile phone would clearly hinder an individual’s ability to do business. However, should the same happen to an external hard drive, the impact would not only be felt by the employee, but could also be potentially very damaging to the organisation.


“The Tough Drive is designed to counter both the threat of information theft, thanks to its strong encryption, and the danger of damage, courtesy of its anti-shock frame. Moreover, it is designed for multiple uses. These include data storage, as well as file sharing, backup, archiving and installations.”


Available in both 500GB and 1TB versions, the Tough Drive delivers the super fast data transfer capabilities of USB 3.0, while still being backward compatible to USB 2.0. It also comes with the added benefit of a two year manufacturer’s warranty, as well as free unlimited helpdesk support.


He says that in addition to this, the device also needs no power adaptor, as it is powered via the USB port. And since it is built with mobile employees in mind, it has an integrated USB cable. “In other words, no more accidentally leaving the cable behind, or searching desperately through your suitcase for it once you reach your destination,” explains Groeneveld.


“The need for data storage is growing exponentially and this, coupled with the increasing numbers of mobile employees, means that portable hard drives have become virtually indispensible. As a businessperson, you are expected to be able to roll with the punches and handle the knocks – so why not make sure your portable storage device is capable of doing the same?”

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