It's probably not a good idea to go charging through traffic on foot with your My Passport portable hard drive clutched under your arm like a football, nor should you toss it around like one with a buddy. But in case you do find yourself in situations where drops, moisture, or even spills might occur, Western Digital's offering a bit of extra protection with its new WD Nomad rugged case, a durable enclosure that will keep your drive protected from drops as high as seven feet.
"Consumers and professionals are more mobile than ever before and portable hard drives allow them to take their videos, photos and other files everywhere they go," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group. "As the worldwide leader in external storage, WD understands how to protect data on hard drives, and we have put the same commitment to quality into the design of this rugged case. With the My Passport drive and WD Nomad rugged case, owners can rest assured they are doing everything they can to protect their digital lives whether they're traveling for fun or doing their daily commute."
The Nomad features a polycarbonate exterior and shock-absorbing elastomer cushion inside. There's a heavy-duty latch and silicon liner to keep dirt, dust, and moisture from ruining your data, and it all conforms to MIL-STD-810G for ruggedness. It runs $20 and is available now for use with My Passport drives, including My Passport Essential, My Passport Essential SE, My Passport Elite, My Passport for Mac, and My Passport SE for Mac.