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Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80 500 GB 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Military Grade Portable External Hard Drive SP500GBPHDA80S3B (Blue)

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  • Rugged portable hard drive is IPX7 waterproof, dust-proof, pressure-proof, and drop-proof up to about 4 feet
  • 500GB capacity stores 244,000 photos, 122,000 MP3s, 24,400 data files, or 220 hours DVD-quality video
  • USB 3.0 interface provides data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
  • Handy cable-carry design; plug-and-play hard drive is powered via USB bus, no adapters/drivers necessary
  • Three-year manufacturer's warranty
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Product Description

Capacity: 500GB | Color: Waterproof/Blue

Product Description

Ultra fast transfer speeds: Armor A80's outstanding read/write speed is coupled with the latest USB 3.0 interface and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. The USB 3.0 interface features a 5 Gbps/sec bandwidth which is 10x the bandwidth of a USB 2.0 interface. It saves users precious time backing up to and from the hard drive when transferring mass data files. Water, pressure, vibration & dust proof: In compliance with IEC529 IPX7 waterproof test for one meter under water for 30 minutes, Armor A80 is still fully operation. It features dust, pressure-proof and ready for any unexpected situations such as rain, liquid-spillage or accidental drops. Shockproof: In compliance with US MIL-STD-810F (transit drop test), it was test for (1) Product dropped directly onto a concrete floor (or harder surface) (2) On a drop-test machine, the product freefalls from a height of 122cm and from the freefall (3) There are 26 contact points (8 corners, 12 cut surfaces and 6 major surfaces) that were tested. SP Widget backup & security software: 1. "My document" synchronization / backup. 2. Sync or backup other folders. 3. Sync or backup "Outlook / Outlook express."4. Copy and encrypting your data into portable hard drive. 5. Download Symantec Norton internet security 60 days trial free. 6. Sync or backup "My favorite". 7. Lock your Computer by password and time.

From the Manufacturer

Take your important data with you anywhere, in a seriously rugged protective shell. The Armor A80 is waterproof, dust-proof, and can withstand serious drops. Keep your data safe, and access it with a blazing fast USB 3.0 connection. The 500GB capacity Armor A80 offers enough room for 244,000 photos, 122,000 MP3 tunes, 24,400 data files, 220 hours of DVD-quality video, or 83 hours of Full HD video.

Armor A80 USB 3.0
Blazing fast USB 3.0 connection with convenient cable-carry design.
Armor A80 Waterproof
IPX7 waterproof for up to 30 minutes under a meter of water.
Armor A80 Drop Test
Tested to withstand freefalls from about four feet.

Armor for Your Data

Protection Against the Elements

These drives are called "Armor" for a reason--they're protected against nearly anything you can dish out, even the unexpected. The Armor A80 is compliant with IPX7 waterproof standards, meaning it can be under a meter of water for 30 minutes and still function fully. It's also dust- and pressure-proof. That means your data is safe from unexpected spills, rain, dustier spaces, or most any other environmental concern.

Military Drop-Test Compliant

The Armor A80 is also compliant with MIL-STD-810F 516.5 procedure IV, aka the "transit drop test." What does that mean? It means the A80 was tested for direct drops onto concrete floors or harder surfaces, and (on a drop-test machine) freefalls from a height of about 48 inches. 26 contact points in all are tested (8 corners, 12 cut surfaces, and 6 major surfaces).

Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds

Armor A80's outstanding read/write speed is coupled with the latest USB 3.0 interface (backwards compatible with USB 2.0). The USB 3.0 interface features a 5 Gbps/sec bandwidth, ten times that of a USB 2.0 interface. It saves users precious time backing up to (and from) the hard drive, and makes transferring giant files a snap.

Easy to Use

The Armor A80 design makes it a breeze to use. Easily take it wherevery you go with a convenient cable carry design. Plug and Play operation means it's recognized as storage by your computer with no additional drivers required. No "wall-wart" adapter is required, either, since the drive is powered via the USB bus.

Armor A80 SP Widgets
Grab Silicon Power's free SP Widgets software to optimize your experience.

SP Widget Software

Download Silicon Power's free SP Widget Software to get the most out of your portable hard drive. SP Widget includes 7 main functions to make data storage more intelligent and convenient:

"My Documents" Backup

Easy synchronization and backup of your "My Documents" folder.

Armor A80 Data Transfer
USB 3.0 delivers up to 5GB/second bandwidth, backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
Folder Backup

Sync and backup of additional folders of your choice.

Data Encryption

Encrypt the data you copy to your drive.

"My Favorites" Backup

Sync and backup "My Favorites."

Email Backup

Sync or backup Outlook or Outlook Express data.

PC Lock

Lock your computer using password, time range, or Pendrive.



Armor Series 2.5" Portable Hard Drive Family Comparison

 

Armor A10

Armor A50

Armor A70

Armor A80

 
Armor A10
Armor A50
Armor A70
Armor A80
Models

500GB (Black)

640GB (Black)

500GB (Gold)

640GB (Gold)

500GB (Red)

500GB (Black)

640GB (Red)

640GB (Black)

500GB (Blue)

640GB (Blue)

750GB (Blue)

1TB (Blue)

Interface

USB2.0

USB2.0

USB2.0

USB3.0

U.S Military
Drop-Test
Water Resistant

 

 

Anti-Pressure

 

 

Anti-Dust

 

 

Anti-Shock
One Touch Quick Backup Button

 

 

SP Widget Backup Software
Security Software
LED Indicates Power
Cable Carry Design
Color

Black

Gold

Red/Black

Blue

Warranty

2-year

2-year

2-year

3-year



Portable Hard Drive Capacity Comparison

Capacity

Digital Photos

MP3 Music
(4min/128Kbps)

Data Files
(20MB per file)

DVD Video
(2.25GB per hour)

Full HD Video
320GB

156,200 photos

78,100 songs

15,620 files

140 hours

53 hours

500GB

244,000 photos

122,000 songs

24,400 files

220 hours

83 hours

640GB

312,400 photos

156,200 songs

31,240 files

280 hours

106 hours

750GB

366,000 photos

183,000 songs

36,600 files

330 hours

125 hours

1TB

488,000 photos

244,000 songs

48,800 files

440 hours

166 hours

* The above information is for general reference only. Actual results will vary depending on file type and size, quality settings, and other factors.

What's in the Box

Armor A80 (500GB), USB Cable, Quick Start Guide


Product Details

Capacity: 500GB | Color: Waterproof/Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.7 x 0.7 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0053ORUS8
  • Item model number: SP500GBPHDA80S3B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,509 customer reviews)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 2, 2011

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

408 of 419 people found the following review helpful By GFunk303 on February 26, 2012
Size: 1TBColor: Waterproof/Blue Verified Purchase
Length: 3:13 Mins
I work as a Karaoke DJ and tend to keep all of my music on an external hard drive. The problem with that is people spill drinks and get clumsy around equipment when they're drunk. So, I decided to do some research and look for an external HDD that would be able to support the large volume of music and at the same time present me with the comfort and confidence in knowing I have an external HDD that will withstand "torture".

I ordered my A80 1TB HDD on February 13th and it arrived February 16th. So, right off the back their was a prompt and quick delivery of the product. When I opened the package I was very pleased to see the sleek, clean, ergonomic design but at the same time I could tell that this unit holds a solid quality feel. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 Super speed cables. 1 of which rests beautifully inside the side of the HDD case. Not only does the Silicon-Power A80 use the Asmedia AS1051 processor they are also one of the first USB 3.0 chipset certified manufacturers. Silicon-Power promises that this unit meets the water resistant standard and the U.S. military drop-test standards. I will run both the drop test and water test on video for this review.(COMING SOON)

Before I run the drop and water tests I wanted to run a Benchmarking test. So, I used HD Tach. Now remember, anyone running any benchmark tests must understand that the mileage depends on hardware configuration. Basically, what type of computer hardware and software setup you're running.

I'm running:

Windows 7 Ultimate Service pack 1 32Bit OS
2.67 GHz Intel Core2 Duo
ASUSTeK P5Q SE2 MOBO
4GB RAM

HD Tach

1TB Silicon Power Armor A80 USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive : AVG Sequential Read 89.2 MB/S
AVG Sequential Write 88.
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217 of 223 people found the following review helpful By Mario on October 8, 2014
Size: 1TBColor: Drop Protection/Black
Doesn't seem to me that durable. Over the surface, it looks like a well-built reliable product. I ordered 10 of these in June for my technicians and now three months later, suddenly they are starting to die one by one. So far 3 drives have failed in the past two weeks one after the other. The 2.5 in. drive inside the enclosure just stops spinning and won't work anymore even though the LED light comes on. Changed cables, tried different computers, different USB ports, etc. I understand that some times you might get a bad apple, but 3 out of 10 so far died and who knows how many more in the next few months? That's a 30% failure rate which is unacceptable. Looks like the company better issue a recall on these. They use Samsung Momentus drives internally and it seems like Silicon Power didn't do their due diligence to find out how bad these are. I am giving it two stars instead of one because of the nice rugged construction and the USB port is not the flimsy micro USB crap.

UPDATE 11/17/14: Just had another drive fail. This is the 4th drive to die. I found out it is the Samsung Momentus drive that just dies without warning and it doesn't spin up. The previous three drives that died were replaced by the company under warranty. Let's see how long they last. I am totally blaming this on the terrible Samsung Momentous drive.
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful By T. Tran on January 26, 2012
Size: 1TBColor: Waterproof/Blue Verified Purchase
Speed:
First thing I tried to do with this drive was copy over 27.6 Gigs worth of movies. Average write speed was ~70MB/sec. To my surprise, some files were "too large" to copy to the drive. As it turns out, those files were each over 4 Gigs..meaning I needed to convert the drive's format (from FAT32) to NTFS to handle my >4Gig files. I did so simply by going to the command prompt and giving the command "convert d: /fs:ntfs" (I converted d: because that's the drive letter associated with my Silicon Power drive) After I converted to NTFS and did the same copy, I saw average write speed of just over 100MB/sec. Very nice. FYI: The system I did the copy from is Windows 7, 64 bit.

Size/Durability:
This drive is a bit bigger and heavier than the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex portable drive, which for some reason was a surprise to me. I haven't had a chance to test its durability, but it looks/seems pretty tough, the casing is metal, not plastic. I bought this drive together with this Case Logic case: http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-Compact-Portable-Drive/dp/B000HDJT4S/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b
Unfortunately, the case is just a little too small for the drive..still the case is quite nice, so I will keep it.

Overall, so far, I am really liking this drive.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Simmer on August 23, 2012
Size: 1TBColor: Waterproof/Blue Verified Purchase
Well...I dont know if I can officially call it an upgrade, being that I own a few Seagate drives and have never had a problem with any of them. But this drive is neck and neck with my Seagates.

I love the color. It's the same color as my old motorcycle. Looks great along side a Macbook (which also was the same color of my bike....ok....ill stop now.)

I was worried this drive would be a bit too heft because of the added real estate for the additional hidden wire, but it really is not a problem. And it's also not as thick as I thought it was going to be. It is still bigger than my GoFlex, but since it has about 650 more GB than my GoFlex, I wont complain.

Also, the 'hidden wire' seems to stick out a little bit. I can never seem to get it fully hidden in the wire storage area, but its not enough to be annoying.

I am very careful with my electronics, so I dont plan on dropping or spilling anything on it, so I didn't really care so much for the military specs. More so than anything, I needed a 1TB drive that was small, and I loved the fact that it had the integrated wire that can be stored. I was going to go with the BUFFALO MiniStation Extreme 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - HD-PZ1U3R Red but after watching some YouTube videos, I didn't like how loose the wiring looked.

Which brings me to reason 2.

I have never owned a USB 3 drive, but I have worked with house wide networking and audio / video installations for many years and for some reason, the new USB 3 connector just do not look that sturdy to me.
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