Well, I've done it again. I've broken my second Palm-branded hard case for the lifedrive. They've both broken in exactly the same place, on the front, in the upper-left corner. The plastic is weakest there, and a hard fall will snap it. I'm getting another hard case, but not Palm this time. I believe it's Innpocket. It has two slots for SD cards in the lid, and the Ebay page says that its lid flips all the way around. I haven't had it in my hands, and I'm curious if the cover does flip all the way around, and what hard cases others have used.
Don't get me wrong, I love the original aluminum case. But the two I've had have broken in exactly the same place. That is where they are weakest, and a fall onto exactly that point damages the case (though thankfully, not the lifedrive). I suppose its like a car that protects its passengers inside. The car is totaled, but at least its passengers are ok.
I've had an all aluminum case for a few years and it has done its job through several drops. Doesn't have a brand on it, but I just picked one with a good, look, couple SD slots and good price. Had a Proporta for another Palm and it was excellent too.