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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  • Next up was the USB 2.0-connected ioSafe Solo External, containing a standard 1TB Seagate hard drive. The clever enclosure ensures that there's sufficient airflow in normal conditions to keep the drive within operating limits, and can self-seal to withstand a temperature of 1,150 degrees farenheit (843 degrees C) for up to 30 minutes or immersion in 10 feet (3m) of water for 72 hours — conditions that would apply following a building fire attended by hose-wielding fire services.

    As you can see, the Solo External — which is also available with USB 3.0 and eSATA connectivity — was well and truly barbequed.

  • After extracting the Seagate drive from the now-trashed enclosure and attaching it to the MacBook Air, all data was once again found to be intact.

    Look out for reviews of the Rugged Portable SSD and Solo External in due course.

Topics: Storage, Hardware, Reviews


Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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