If your lifestyle results in you constantly destroying or losing your USB drives – and the valuable information they store – then the new Verbatim TUFF-CLIP USB drives might help solve your problem. The drives come in 4GB and 8GB sizes with clip-and-go convenience and boast industrial strength toughness.

TUFF-CLIP USB drives have an ultra-rugged plastic enclosure with a retractable slider that protects the USB connector. Verbatim says the drives are tough enough for active users to carry their data wherever they go.

The drives (turquoise for the 4GB and black for the 8GB) have an integrated carabineer clip that can be fastened onto a backpack, key chain, belt loop or notebook.

The drives come pre-loaded with password security software and have a password-protected user-defined private zone, and a public zone for open access and sharing of non-sensitive content.

“The TUFF-CLIP drive’s enclosure is made of ABS plastic and built to take everyday knocks in stride,” explained Mark Rogers, Verbatim Product Manager. “With the clip-on design, the drives are also less likely to get lost or misplaced; and with the retractable cover, there is no cap to lose.”

TUFF-CLIP drives support Windows, Mac and Linux systems.

Certified for Windows Vista, TUFF-CLIP supports Windows ReadyBoost, a feature that allows Vista PC users to allocate a portion of the device’s unused flash memory to speed system performance.

Suggested retail prices for the drives are USD$29.99 (4GB) and USD$49.99 (8GB).