Review of the ioSafe SoloPRO Waterproof and Fireproof Hard Drive

Review of the ioSafe SoloPRO Waterproof and Fireproof Hard Drive

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How the Protection Works

Interior

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.

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For this review of the eSATA / USB 2.0 version, both an eSATA and a USB 2.0 cable were included.

A Closer Look

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  • varun

    My alternative to this – because I found the price to be less than reasonable – is Sentry Safe’s QA0121, which allows me to gradually increase space too, or to swap disks and take them offsite. Also gives a couple of other things – critical documents, a USB stick or three – reasonable protection. And it’s relatively inexpensive – I paid about $65 plus the cost of the drive.

    • http://usingwindowshomeserver.com Andrew Edney

      thanks Varun

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