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LaCie XtremKey USB Drive is Almost Indestructible

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 6 comments

Now I don't have to worry about trucks running over my USB key. Finally!

USB thumb drives are already a rather durable form of data storage, but LaCie is taking it to the next level. LaCie is now showing off the XtremKey, which could be the world's toughest storage yet.

The key to the XtremeKey's toughness is its 2mm metal pipe casing. Sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, it is watertight up to 100 meters. The metal pipe also gives the entire package its physical rigidity, allowing trucks to drive over it without any problem. The LaCie XtremKey is also resistant to 5-meter drops, fierce heat and bitter cold (+200°C / -50°).

Curious to know what it's made of? XtremKey is constructed with zamac, a metal alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium. Speedwise, it's got writing speeds up to 30 MB/s and reading up to 40 MB/s.

The LaCie XtremKey comes in capacities from 8GB to 64GB and will be available in August.

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    bv90andy , 15 July 2010 21:17
    Then you plug it into a defective usb and it burns like any other...
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    ik242 , 15 July 2010 21:18
    usb drives are rather durable - but the attachement eyelet is piece of junk. this means your data may be safe but you may loose the drive. i have about dozen usb drives in my drawer, all functional but none of them can be attached to keychain because each and every one has attachment as weak link.
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    unko19 , 15 July 2010 21:40
    now if only they make a external hard drive this durable
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    flaminggerbil , 16 July 2010 00:05
    It looked all well and good but then he had to go and plug it into a Macbook pro...
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    ksampanna , 16 July 2010 02:18
    ... and I'm guessing it costs as much as a small SSD
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    aaron686 , 17 July 2010 14:07
    All it needs now is an idiot to lose it.