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I have been looking for a while at portable hard drives. I would like one that's at least 500 GB. However, I would like to buy one that is unique. For instance, one that is waterproof and shockproof. Something very unique about it that could be useful (or not.) Does anybody know of a portable hard drive that would fit this description?

asked Jun 10 '10 at 16:53

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edited Jun 20 '10 at 19:26

You could always purchase a waterproof case for the hard drive.

answered Jun 10 '10 at 16:54

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That's not what I mean. I'm not talking specifically about my example of being waterproof and shockproof. I just want a hard drive that is unique, not necessarily in design.

(Jun 10 '10 at 16:59) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

shock proof is SSD all ready. no moving parts, but shock is not a drop from 15 feet onto cement its a sudden shock or vibration which typical hard drive can not handle well as the head can crash into the platter and ruin the media itself that is either glass with metal embedded or an alloy.

answered Jun 10 '10 at 17:17

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Again, not what I was looking for. I said "unique" and used waterproof and shockproof as an example to describe "unique." If a hard drive had an etch a sketch on the outside, that would qualify as "unique."

(Jun 10 '10 at 17:19) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

Unique is a difficult thing to find in hard drives, since they're generally mass-manufactured. Also sort of depends on your definition of unique... Care to lend an explanation?

answered Jun 11 '10 at 10:02

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Lets say there's a 500 GB hard drive that also double as a taser. That would be unique. You could also think of it as "strange." (Also, if you can find a taser/hard drive combo, you have my thanks.)

(Jun 11 '10 at 22:20) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

i have a 500 GB hard drive i use my for a backup drive and i Run Anthony's Computer Service take care have good.

answered Jun 11 '10 at 11:02

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Here is a great example. SeaGate has a hard drive called the SeaGate FreeAgent GoFlex that lets you add new circuit boards so you can upgrade from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0. That's unique.

answered Jun 16 '10 at 23:43

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I use a quiet fanless external hard drive that lights up when on, that's unique.

answered Jun 20 '10 at 19:34

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No it isn't. Try again.

(Jun 20 '10 at 19:37) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

Well it's unique to me, since my other external hard drives have fans and they don't light up...

(Jun 20 '10 at 19:38) refrwfrwgrfd refrwfrwgrfd's gravatar image

For truly unique check out this guy's stunning website of one-of-a-kind steampunk computers -- http://www.datamancer.net/

Thinkgeek has a few options, although they're hard drive cases not hard drives themselves --

And this Apple II floppy drive reincarnated as a USB external hard drive -- http://www.instructables.com/id/Apple-Disk-II-floppy-drive-reincarnated-as-a-USB-h/

answered Jun 20 '10 at 19:37

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edited Jun 20 '10 at 19:39

I hadn't seen some of these before. Thanks.

(Jun 20 '10 at 19:38) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

buy an SSD drive that has a USB port on it (many have one) then run a benchmark on it then while that is going, measure the temperature of the drive, if it remains cool, then seal everything except the connectors with epoxy, (seal the base of the connector with some epoxy (thin layer). You now have a waterproof SSD :). Modding is a good way to make a drive unique.

generally store bought items cant really be unique because by definition radically distinctive and without equal; "he is alone in the field of microbiology"; "this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem"; "Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint"; "craftsmen whose skill is unequaled"; "unparalleled athletic ability"; "a ...

so while a item can look cool, it is not really unique if the factory is pushing out a few thousand of them a day

answered Jun 20 '10 at 21:27

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edited Jun 21 '10 at 00:43

Not relevant. This is "Unique Hard Drives" not "How to Waterproof and SSD"

(Jun 20 '10 at 23:55) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

I was more aiming my answer to making a drive unique by modding it

(Jun 21 '10 at 00:38) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image
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