ioSafe cooks up a rugged storage demo

ioSafe cooks up a rugged storage demo

Summary: Disaster-proof storage specialist ioSafe visited ZDNet UK's Southwark offices with some unusual pieces of demo kit in tow

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  • Disaster-proof storage specialist ioSafe visited ZDNet UK's Southwark offices today with some unusual pieces of demo kit in tow — a portable barbeque and a bucket of water.

    The US company, which is known for its eye-catching demos (check out this million-volt drive-zapping escapade), is announcing the UK availability of its fireproof, waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and theftproof external hard drives and SSDs.

    Aimed at small-to-medium-sized businesses, consumers and enterprise branch offices, ioSafe products are available in desktop and portable form factors and also come with a one-year data recovery service that guarantees the post-disaster replacement of damaged hardware with the original data restored. For a fee, you can extend this service for to up to five years.

  • ioSafe's CEO Robb Moore began proceedings with the Rugged Portable SSD, a USB 3.0-connected enclosure designed to withstand up to 5,000lb (2,268kg) of pressure (for the titanium version, half that for the aluminium version tested here), drops from 20 feet (6m) and immersion in 30 feet (9.1m) of water for up to three days.

    First, he dropped the drive — which contains a standard Intel SSD 320 — from shoulder height a few times, and then threw it forcefully against a wall for good measure. The hard drive version of the product would survive the drops, he said, but might be damaged by the wall-throwing.

  • Moore then poured Coca-Cola over the Rugged Portable SSD's USB 3.0 port, immersed it in a bucket of water, dried out the port and plugged it into a MacBook Air. After all this abuse, it mounted successfully with all data intact.

Topics: Storage, Hardware, Reviews

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