The ATP ToughDrive – Not so tough
I made a decision a while ago to move my entire working environment onto a portable USB Drive. In order to do I figured I would need the strongest and most durable pen drive on the market. I shopped around and found the ATP ToughDrive. It boasts lightening fast transfer speeds, water resistance and even shock resistance. This looks very promising so I bought one.
A week later the drive went dead. 0 bytes free, 0 bytes in size, etc.. Couldn't format the damn thing, couldn't recover any of my information. I wanted to throw it at the cat maybe then it would be of some use.
Being a guy with some (very little) patience I returned that drive via the whole RMA process. They instructed that I will have to wait over a month for this to happen and since the store couldn't be sure that the manufacturer would recognize the defect I had to purchase a new one. I just wanted my portable environment back online so I agreed.
Less than a week later the second one died. That was this morning. The exact same symptoms as before. My patience has ran out, and now I have to go through the whole RMA process for this drive as well.
On the ATP Web site I filled out their contact form, and no response yet. Nor do I actually expect to hear back from them. I can only hope they care about thier customers...
I don't want to give up on this whole portable environment thing, so I decided to go with the (hopefully) best. SanDisk has been producing removable media for years and they have a drive actually cased in Titanium. I ran up to the local shop and bought one.
Lets hope this sucker doesn't blink out on me like the garbage ATP drive.