ADATA HD830 External Hard Drive Review

ADATA HD830

When it comes to your data, protecting it and keeping it safe is one of, if not the most important thing. The ADATA HD830 External Hard Drive focuses on just that.

In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at this hard drive and how it provides your data with the most protection possible while delivering high technical performance.

Armor-Like Design

The design of this hard drive features an armor-like aluminum exterior with a sheen finish that gives it a very heavy-duty look

The middle has a striped pattern design with two silicone columns that come in either blue or black, on the sides of the hard drive. Also in the middle, there’s an LED indicator bar directly below the ADATA logo.

The HD830 looks and feels to be extremely well-built with a bold design that just screams durability and toughness.

Specifications

Now, let’s see if this hard drive packs the same punch when it comes to technical specifications.

The HD830 offers memory capacities of 2TB, 4TB, or 5TB, and uses a USB 3.1 interface with USB 2.0 backward compatibility.

Considering its design, you’d expect it to be pretty heavy. While it does have a decent amount of weight to it, it’s not quite as heavy as I thought it’d be. The 2TB drive is 510g while the 4 and 5TB drives are both 600g.

Virtually Indestructible

Now, let’s move on to the most notable features of the HD830.

Having passed a pressure resistance test of 3000kg of downward pressure, this hard drive is claimed to be virtually indestructible.

For someone like me, who highly values the importance of protecting my data, this is just what I need. In addition, the HD830 is dustproof, waterproof, and shockproof.

Exceeding the IP68 rating, this hard drive is able to withstand dust, dirt, and sand while being able to resist submersion underwater up to a maximum depth of 1.5m. It can also survive falls from up to 1.22m.

Now if that wasn’t enough, the HD830 also meets U.S. Military’s MIL-STD-810G 516.6 standard, which I didn’t even know existed.

After looking into it some more, it appears that the full name of the test for this US military standard is actually the Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests, which focuses on a piece of equipment’s ability to withstand all kinds of environmental factors and conditions.

What this means, is that the HD830 is essentially comparable to, if not on the same level as authorized military gear in terms of protective power. From this, we know that you are going to get some serious durability from this hard drive.

Powerful Protection

Even so, we wanted to see for ourselves just how durable the HD830 really is, so we performed some special tests of our own. Watch our full video review of the HD830 External Hard Drive to see our complete waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof tests.

The waterproof test was very simple – we basically dropped it into a tank full of water and left it to sit for a full 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, we took it out, plugged it into our laptop, and checked to see if all our files were intact. Sure enough, they were and we were able to access our files just fine.

Now the shockproof test is where things get really interesting. This was a heated battle…literally. We brought out the whole arsenal and geared up for battle against the HD830 and as you can guess, suffered a crushing defeat.

Summary

Don’t think for a second that just because this hard drive was designed for heavy-duty protection and resilience, that the actual technology isn’t that great. This is definitely not the case at all.

When it comes to specs, performance, and transfer speed, this hard drive isn’t lacking in any way. In fact, the HD830 is among one of the better external hard drives I’ve used to date.

To learn more about the HD830 External Hard Drive from ADATA, check out the product page here.

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