RIJSWIJK, Netherlands, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Freecom, an award-winning manufacturer of external hard drives and portable storage devices, launched the 'ToughDrive Sport', a durable, shock-resistant, 2.5 external hard drive designed to endure even the toughest conditions. This latest addition to the ToughDrive family is perfect for heavy duty users that want to carry their data on the move, from backpacking around the world to cycling up mountains.

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The ToughDrive Sport features a handy loop in one corner enabling easy attachment to bags or belts - allowing people to carry their data hands-free. The drive can also withstand falls of up to two metres and is fully protected against adverse weather conditions associated with outdoor pursuits.

The ToughDrive Sport has an outdoor sports design and an integrated USB cable designed to look and feel like a climbing rope - this makes the drive extremely portable as no external power adapter is required for charging. Ideal for mobile use given its size and robustness, the internal anti-shock mechanism insulates the hard drive against unforeseen shocks that could cause damage and result in the loss of masses of data.

The stylish ToughDrive Sport is perfectly designed for those with an active, high duty, outdoor lifestyle, said Axel Lucassen, co-founder and executive senior VP of product line management and marketing. Whether you're a backpacker travelling around the world, using the drive to store photos of the places you visit, or a field service engineer working in stormy weather, it's essential that your information is easily portable and effectively able to withstand any knocks and bumps.

The ToughDrive Sport holds up to 500GB of information and the Turbo USB 2.0 connection offers transfer speeds of up to 30 percent faster than competing solutions for downloading or uploading data. The drive also features secure password protection whereby the user's password is encrypted and stored on a 256bit hardware chip. This added security feature gives users peace of mind even where the most sensitive information is concerned as, if the drive is lost or stolen, no-one will be able to access the data it contains without the password. In these instances, the drive would be reformatted, automatically erasing all of its contents and ensuring information doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

For further information and pricing, please visit: http://www.freecom.com

Information for editors: Kathryn Mills-Webb, T: +44(0)20-7401-7968, E: FreecomTeam@johnsonking.co.uk