G-DRIVE ARMOR ATD HARD DRIVE: STYLE, TOUGHNESS, AND LOW COST PER GIGABYTE
Macworld|February 2022
EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
JON L. JACOBI

Hard drives aren’t sexy and they aren’t particularly fast, but they do offer a whole lot of storage space for a lot less cash per gigabyte than SSDs. Their Achilles heel is reliability, but with a little toughening up—as SanDisk has managed to do with the G-Drive ArmorATD—they can withstand relatively severe rigors.

The ArmorATD is an enclosure with a 2.5-inch hard drive inside. It’s available in 1TB($89.99), 2TB ($109.99), 4TB ($149.99), and5TB ($179.99) flavors. Compared to SSDsyou’re paying considerably less per gigabyte–especially in the larger 4TB and5TB capacities. Larger SSDs still carry a big premium, though the difference is shrinking.

The hard drive inside is shock-mounted, and the rugged aluminum case is surrounded by a silicon sock for extra protection. It will withstand minor abuse, more when off than on and the disks are spinning, but your best bet with any hard drive is not to treat it like a hockey puck. The connection is USB-C with a speed rating of 5Gbps (USB 3.1/Gen 1)–plenty fast enough for any hard drive. The drive warranty is for three years.

PERFORMANCE

The 2TB SanDisk G-Drive ArmorATD offers good performance on the Mac. However, under Windows its read speed was a little behind the pack in CrystalDiskMark 6.

The Armor ATD arrives formatted to exFAT, so you’re good to go out of the box under both Windows and macOS.However, we tested with NTFS onWindows and APFS on the Mac for the absolute best performance. exFAT will extract a 5 percent max penalty, and then only rarely, so you shouldn’t feel the need to reformat on Windows.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM MACWORLDView All

Apple's First 5G Modem May Compete With Qualcomm's Snapdragon X70

The latest 5G modem promises greatly improved bandwidth, latency, and power efficiency, but might never appear in an iPhone.

3 mins read
Macworld
April 2022

Astell&Kern AK UW100: Surprisingly Affordable High-end in-ear Headphones

The high-end personal audio company delivers a stunning listening experience with its first true wireless stereo earphones.

5 mins read
Macworld
May 2022

Apple Plots Hardware Subscription Service for iPhone and Other Devices

The new service, which would let you pay a monthly fee for an iPhone or other Apple hardware, may launch late this year.

1 min read
Macworld
May 2022

Apple Has Taken Its Love of Recycling Just a Little Too Far

The Studio Display illustrates how the company's tendency to recycle its tech may not always be the best option.

4 mins read
Macworld
May 2022

After the M1, These Intriguing Apple Silicon Mysteries Still Remain

The M2 processor will mark the next stage in the transition. But what will it bring?

6 mins read
Macworld
May 2022

4 Cool Hidden Apps You Didn't Know Were on Your iPhone

Your iPhone has secret apps. Do you know how to find them?

2 mins read
Macworld
May 2022

HDHomeRun Flex 4K: A Cheap and Easy Way to Get NextGenTV

This tiny device streams broadcast TV, including ATSC 3.0 channels, to every device on your home network.

5 mins read
Macworld
May 2022

REVIEW: MAC STUDIO APPLE FLEXES ITS MIGHT (AND MUSCLES)

A POWER GAP IN THE MAC LINEUP FILLS IN WITH A BUFFEDUP MEDIA MASTER.

10 mins read
Macworld
May 2022

iPAD AIR (2022): RETAKING THE MIDRANGE TABLET THRONE

AFTER A YEAR OFF, THE IPAD AIR ROARS BACK TO RELEVANCY.

9 mins read
Macworld
May 2022

REVIEW: iPHONE SE (2022) AN UNEVEN AND DISAPPOINTING 'UPGRADE'

APPLE UPGRADED THE PART IT DIDN'T NEED IGNORING ALL TO THE PROCESSOR-WHILE THE UPGRADES IT SHOULD HAVE MADE.

5 mins read
Macworld
May 2022
RELATED STORIES

Feast of FRIED CHICKEN

Quin Liburd of the blog Butter Be Ready shares her most scrumptious recipes in honor of National Fried Chicken Day.

5 mins read
Woman's Day
June - July 2022 / Summer 2022

Ready, Set, Summer!

We're kicking off the season with easy eats for picnics in the park, backyard hangouts, and more plus, no-cook dinners and excuses to fire up the grill.

5 mins read
Good House Keeping - US
June 2022

One-Skillet DELICIOUS MEALS

With these fresh, simple and flavor-packed suppers, all you need is a humble skillet to travel the world!

3 mins read
Closer US
May 16, 2022

Family Affair

We've got food for all your folks! These six picnic-perfect recipes are sure to satisfy every uncle, cousin and kiddo at the reunion-oh, and earn their compliments, too.

5 mins read
Taste of Home
June - July 2022

Foiled Again!

When fun-filled days have you pressed for time, prep a packet loaded with fresh and hearty ingredients, then let 'em sizzle together for a sensational supper with super simple cleanup.

3 mins read
Taste of Home
June - July 2022

Get Grillin'

These winners earned their grate marks. Fire up the pit and fill your plate with char-kissed salads, savory sandwiches and juicy mains.

10+ mins read
Taste of Home
June - July 2022

Freshly Picked

There's nothing sweeter than a summer day spent gathering raspberries with a loved one.

3 mins read
Country Woman
June/July 2022

PB-Chocolate Sheet Pan Pancake

Skip the stack and bake a protein-packed cake to share.

1 min read
Prevention
June 2022

Natural Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro has been used in food and traditional medicine for thousands of years. The bright, citrusy herb contains antioxidants, such as linalool, that have anti-inflammatory properties, says Amy Rothenberg, N.D., a licensed practitioner in private practice in Northampton, MA. Cilantro is also incredibly easy to grow. Here, Rothenberg shares some favorite home uses.

1 min read
Prevention
June 2022

Let's get mezze!

Create a sunny and bright Mediterranean spread that-oh, by the way—is also good for you.

8 mins read
Clean Eating
Spring 2022 / April - June 2022