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LaCie XtremKey USB Drive is Near Indestructible

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 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.

LaCie XtremKey

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    Anonymous , July 15, 2010 12:47 PM
    Great, but what happens when you bump it with your foot while it's still in the USB port? Any test footage of that :D 
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    joytech22 , July 15, 2010 12:58 PM
    married_manGreat, but what happens when you bump it with your foot while it's still in the USB port? Any test footage of that


    Probably breaks the USB port in the computer :) 
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    zak_mckraken , July 15, 2010 2:08 PM
    Chuck Norris could crush it with his bare hand.
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    triplebug , July 15, 2010 12:12 PM
    Thanks, I willget one soon or later.
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    Phoenixkatera , July 15, 2010 12:13 PM
    Cool, kind of sounds like my old titanium cruser but even more tough! I didn't realize flash drives were at 64GB. Wonder what the prices for these are going to run.
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    carickw , July 15, 2010 12:18 PM
    Sounds like the OCZ ATV (Turbo). Great performance and great durability. If the ATV stops working for any reason, you send it back and get a new one, although I can't seem to find them any more. I saw a video for the ATV in which they froze it in a block of ice, smashed it free with a sledge hammer, boiled it in water, and ran it over in a truck with no problems.
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    joytech22 , July 15, 2010 12:22 PM
    I can see this coming in handy.. 2012.. last surviving Human Technology.. :D 
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    Anonymous , July 15, 2010 12:47 PM
    Great, but what happens when you bump it with your foot while it's still in the USB port? Any test footage of that :D 
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    joytech22 , July 15, 2010 12:58 PM
    married_manGreat, but what happens when you bump it with your foot while it's still in the USB port? Any test footage of that


    Probably breaks the USB port in the computer :) 
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    kelemvor4 , July 15, 2010 1:08 PM
    Dang! That thang's a HEMI!
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    asjflask , July 15, 2010 1:08 PM
    Ahh watertight! Finally! I can do all my business work on my boat in the middle of the Pacific and not have to worry, so long as I dive in and get it before it falls 101 meters into the ocean. Man, who knew that air traffic control could be done near where the Battle of Midway took place!?
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    halls , July 15, 2010 1:10 PM
    That looks great, but for something with that much capacity, I'd want it to be USB 3.0 compatible too.
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    Mark Heath , July 15, 2010 1:14 PM
    Doesn't matter how tough it gets, it's still gone if you lose it.
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    joebob2000 , July 15, 2010 1:21 PM
    Mark HeathDoesn't matter how tough it gets, it's still gone if you lose it.


    Hahah I was going to post the exact same sentiment. I seem to be completely inept at keeping track of large capacity thumbdrives; I have lost two 8GB models in the past year and the only one I can't seem to lose is a slow old 1GB kingston that I've had for about 5 years.

    I am becoming convinced that there is some relation between disk capacity and it's probability of disappearing... I think to break the 1GB barrier some sort of invisibilium is used in the manufacturing process.
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    kikireeki , July 15, 2010 1:34 PM
    Not just indestructible but also it will charge you with a mysterious power that makes you able to outrun a 10 ton truck!
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    icepick314 , July 15, 2010 1:59 PM
    indestructible porn FTW!!!!
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    nimbus77 , July 15, 2010 2:06 PM
    Can it stop a bullet?
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    wittermark , July 15, 2010 2:07 PM
    joebob2000Hahah I was going to post the exact same sentiment. I seem to be completely inept at keeping track of large capacity thumbdrives; I have lost two 8GB models in the past year and the only one I can't seem to lose is a slow old 1GB kingston that I've had for about 5 years. I am becoming convinced that there is some relation between disk capacity and it's probability of disappearing... I think to break the 1GB barrier some sort of invisibilium is used in the manufacturing process.

    thats because nobody bothers to steal 1gb usb sticks
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    zak_mckraken , July 15, 2010 2:08 PM
    Chuck Norris could crush it with his bare hand.
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    shin0bi272 , July 15, 2010 2:16 PM
    asjflaskAhh watertight! Finally! I can do all my business work on my boat in the middle of the Pacific and not have to worry, so long as I dive in and get it before it falls 101 meters into the ocean. Man, who knew that air traffic control could be done near where the Battle of Midway took place!?

    to help you out there
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_308309-37672-711079_?PL=1&productId=3056515&cm_mmc=search_gps-_-gps-_-gps-_-The%20Hillman%20Group%20Foam%20Float%20Key%20Chain
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    misry , July 15, 2010 2:53 PM
    zak_mckrakenChuck Norris could crush it with his bare hand.


    Not a fair comparison. Chuck Norris can make diamonds by crushing coal with his bare hands.
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    Chipi , July 15, 2010 3:02 PM
    That truck can't weigh more than 3 tons, maybe 3.5, but nowhere near 10 tons, so they're just a bunch of big fat liars
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    Accidental , July 15, 2010 3:12 PM
    Not to be overly critical of the video, but has the device been tested against 10 tons (9K Kilos) pressing against it on two hard surfaces? I bet the acual weight(PSI) limit is much less. The truck in the video is absolutely not 10 tons and it is being run over by a rubber tire which further decreases the pressure against it. Perhaps a PSI test?
    I mean, I've never had to worry about a 10-ton truck in my life, but rather dropping electronics or having heavy things drop on it. I also wonder how many G-forces it can withstand.

    Also, it looks like the video baked/boiled the device but did not leave in in there that long. Also, the freezer is far from -50 Celsius... perhaps -2 or -1 Celsius. How long can it actually withstand the exposure to either 200 Celsius or -50 Celsius? Just 5 minutes? 2? That would be nice to know.

    And the video didn't have the device submerged in much water. It should show it sink 100m in perhaps the ocean and have a diver retrieve it.

    Just saying.. let's see some more harsh scientific tests.
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