Hard drives and solid state drives are fragile pieces of hardware; a single drop from your desk, onto the floor, will cut its life short. You need something rugged, something that can take a beating. You\u2019re a traveling artist, after all. The best external hard drives to consider is the LaCie Rugged Mini External Hard Drive.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - LaCie Rugged Review\r\nIdeal for traveling creatives like photographers and artists thanks to its shock, dust and rain-resistant casing and 4TB (with other options) of storage capacity.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThe LaCie Rugged Portable drive really the \u201crugged\u201d in \u201crugged portable\u201d to the test, impressing us with its ability to withstand water, dust and drops. Even when having a 1-ton vehicle pressing against its chassis, the data inside didn\u2019t notice whatsoever. If we placed a Western Digital Elements External Hard Drive against that kind of pressure, it\u2019d be crushed, losing all the data inside.\r\n\r\nHowever, its transfer rate is pretty average. It has a read write speed of 130MB\/s. That\u2019s but a fraction of what Toshiba Canvio Basics provides (480MB\/s-5Gbit\/s). On the flipside, its LaCie Toolkit software makes backing up, schedule, and syncing devices easy for newcomers.\r\nDesign\r\nAs strong as the LaCie Rugged External Drives are, what\u2019s it like against a drop test? Just as good! It has bright orange rubber covering around the entire perimeter of the LaCie Drive. If you drop it off your desk, it\u2019ll be fit as a fiddle thanks to its rubber protection.\r\n\r\nThe LaCie Rugged Drive is fitted with USB 3.0 and comes in a variety of storage capacities. You have 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8TB options. There\u2019s also options for Thunderbolt USB + USB Type C, RAID Pro and RAID Shuttle.\r\nValue\r\nIs it worth $145? Absolutely! For a comparison, the Seagate STGY80000 is $145 for 8TB, but lacks the hardy exterior that the LaCie Rugged Hard Drive offers. Given its admittedly average transfer rate and superb design, we can certainly agree that the LaCie Rugged Hard Drive makes up for it.\r\n\r\nHowever, its SSD models ask for a bit too much. Every storage capacity option, like the rugged USB C port model, is almost always $100 more. That\u2019s a tad steep for our recommendation. The mechanical drives will still serve you well.\r\nLaCie Rugged Review Wrap Up\r\nThe LaCie Rugged Drive is a slim, compact, large storage hard drive that stands strong against various elements from dropping to water. When you\u2019re traveling often, that makes a huge difference. Sure, its transfer speeds are average, and the SSD\/USB-C models are expensive, but the mechanical models will do just fine for your initial needs.