Review of the ioSafe SoloPRO Waterproof and Fireproof Hard Drive
How the Protection Works
The DataCast insulation inside the unit is a material that’s chemically bound with water. In a fire, the water steams away, cooling the drive within. Additionally, the steam is forced out via the vents that pull in air to cool the unit during normal operation, keeping out the hot air from the fire. The DataCast is the white stuff shown in the attached. The actual drive is sealed within a HydroSafe barrier which protects it from water while also allowing heat to dissipate during normal operation.
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the SoloPRO, a power supply, manual, and cables. Depending on which model you purchased will depend on the cables provided. When I opened up the packaging there was a fine white powder on the case, but this is expected and there is a nice leaflet explaining this in the box. You just get a damp cloth and wipe the drive down.
For this review of the eSATA / USB 2.0 version, both an eSATA and a USB 2.0 cable were included.