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ioSafe cooks up a rugged storage demo

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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