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I Can't Kill IoSafe's Rugged Hard Drive

Jun 30 2011, 2:25pm CDT | by , in Reviews | Portable Devices

I Can't Kill IoSafe's Rugged Hard Drive

This insanely tough HDD gets two thumbs way up from me.

Specifications

The drive I received had 250 GB of storage, but IoSafe offers up to 2 TB. Every rugged drive they sell comes with the best warranty in the business. If you manage to kill it, IoSafe will replace the drive and retrieve your data. No questions asked.

In Use

IoSafe brags that their hard drives are nearly indestructible. So I loaded mine with the most precious data I could gather: all my music (180 GB) and all my writing (considerably less than 180 GB). I tend to live a fairly nomadic existence, which carries with it a heightened risk of computer damage or theft. I need an emergency hard drive that can store my critical data and won't get ruined if it gets soaked in a flash flood or run over by a car.

Could ioSafe have the hard drive for me?

I loaded the big silver brick with my most precious data and tramped off on a series of road-trips and campouts that spanned across Texas and up to Georgia. Along the way, my drive suffered a spilled coffee, numerous drops, morning dew and frequent outdoor use in humid conditions. I treated the ioSafe drive with less care and concern than I've ever treated a piece of electronics. At one point, I accidentally left it out on the lawn overnight.

For five nights. The drive looked none the worse for wear.

At another point, I dunked the hard drive into a pan of water and left it entirely submerged for several minutes. I took it out, dried the socket up with a fan and plugged it in. Once more, the drive functioned perfectly.

After several weeks of regular use, I decided to give my IoSafe drive the most comprehensive durability test I could devise without actually leaving my drive-way. I stuck the drive underneath the front left tire of my car, like so...

And then I had a friend drive over it with both wheels...

When I picked the drive back up, it looked none the worse for wear. I couldn't even identify any significant scratches. My friend even noted that it might be cleaner now than it had been before the car ran it over. The 'after' image is at the top of the article- see for yourself!

Verdict

Pros

  • +Tougher than tough
  • +The warranty is incredible
  • +USB 3.0 compatible!

Cons

  • -I can't think of any.
 

Conclusion

IoSafe's rugged portables start at $150. That's pricey for an external hard drive, but the average external hard drive can't survive being crushed in a pin vice. If you need an unbreachable safe haven for the data you can't live without, this is the drive to buy.

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