Buffalo Announces the Miniature Rugged External SSD W USB Type A and USB Type C
Although SSDs can survive drops and other kinds of hostile treatment much better than hard drives, they can still be broken if their PCB or one of the chips gets damaged. For those users who want to reduce the risk of losing their data, Buffalo has introduced its new family of SSDs — the SSD-PSMU3. They are specifically designed to withstand drops. Unlike typical rugged devices, the new drives are rather miniature and more resemble flash drives. The new SSDs are set to be available in in white, aquamarine, and pink.
Buffalo’s SSD-PSMU3 series SSDs are designed to endure MIL-STD 810G 516.6 Procedure IV drop test, known as the ‘transit drop’. It means that the device was tested to survive six face drop tests, eight corner drop tests, and 12 edge drop tests from a height of around 1.2 meters, and remained in working condition, suffering from no physical of internal damage to SSD. The drives measure 33×9.5×59.5 mm and weigh 15 grams (dimensions and weight akin to those of a box of PEZ mints), so it should not be particularly hard to make them rugged enough to survive drops from 1.2 meters. Buffalo rates the drives for about 430 MB/s throughput, but considering the interface used, it’s most likely this SSD should offer a real-world speed of near ~400 MB/s due to overhead incurred by 8b/10b encoding.
The rugged SSDs fully support Buffalo’s SecureLock Mobile2 technology that encodes data using an AES-256 key, but it is unclear whether encryption is done using hardware or software. In addition, the drives support SMART function and can be used with Mimamori Signal software that predicts failures of storage components based on SMART data.
Designed to survive drops the new rugged Buffalo’s SSD-PSMU3 series external SSDs will be a great option for users. But they also have a limited number of write cycle s and will eventually wear out and fail, leaving critical user data inaccessible. Then their owners will need to contact a professional data recovery services provider to get their irreplaceable files back. ACE Data Recovery team have extensive experience in recovering data from SSDs of all makes and models and are ready to help the Buffalo SSD-PSMU3 drive owners with their data recovery needs.