The Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 drive is made of aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, advertised to be waterproof to 200 meters and resistant to both vibration and shock. Corsair advertises it as being up to four times faster than USB 2.0 drives, though its statistics are poky compared with other USB 3.0 drives in this report. If you don't need an indestructible USB flash drive, consider the ConsumerSearch Best Reviewed Patriot SuperSonic (*Est. $60 for 32 GB) , which has an aluminum housing rated at 15Gs of shock.
Corsair's Flash Survivor USB flash drive line has received plenty of positive review attention over the years. The newest flavor, the Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0, debuted in fall 2011, making it too new for a large number of reviews. However, the case and abuse resistance are what most people buy this drive for, and that hasn't changed from the USB 2.0 versions: the Corsair Flash Survivor GT and GTR. Those drives have been discontinued in favor of the USB 3.0 version. Like all USB 3.0 drives, it is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports.
We found reviews of the current Flash Survivor 3.0 version on Amazon.com and Newegg.com. Older reviews by EverythingUSB.com and Phoronix.com of a previous version of the Flash Survivor, the Corsair Flash Survivor GT, include durability testing of the case, which is unchanged in the new model.
The small number of users reviewing the new Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 drive are evenly split between 4 and 5 (out of 5) star ratings. Those who downgraded it dinged Corsair for not including a USB extension cable and lanyard, common in other Corsair USB flash drive products. Users comment that the drive is rather large, but that it feels indestructible and survives nicely in purse or backpack. "It's one of the toughest things I've ever owned," writes one user who used it while stationed in Iraq.
Review: Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 32GB Drive (CMFSV3-32GB), Contributors to Amazon.com
Newegg's tech-savvy audience hasn't yet reviewed the Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 drive in great numbers, but those that have award it an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Several even post speed-benchmark test results, which compare favorably to other "rugged" drives but lag far behind the Best Reviewed Patriot SuperSonic in speed. Users liked the sturdiness and feel, but disliked the lack of accessories and the size.
Review: CORSAIR Survivor 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFSV3-32GB, Contributors to Newegg.com
A previous version of the Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 drive, the Flash Survivor GT, which has the same casing, is tested for durability. After dropping it in the pool, editors are pleased to see that no moisture penetrated the casing. Though the drive has noticeable surface damage after being dropped from a rooftop and run over with a car, the Survivor GT continued to work, with no data loss.
Review: Corsair Flash Survivor GT Flash Drive Review, Editors of EverythingUSB.com, June 20, 2007
Editor Michael Larabel takes a previous version of the Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 flash drive, the Flash Survivor GT, into an 8-foot swimming pool, boils it for 10 minutes and attacks it with a hammer, all of which result in no internal damage, and very little surface damage. These results, along with comparative speed tests, leave him impressed. Both versions of the flash drive have the same durable casing.
Review: Corsair Flash Survivor GT 8GB, Michael Larabel, May 23, 2007