Review of the ioSafe SoloPRO Waterproof and Fireproof Hard Drive
Using HD Tune Pro, they were as follows:
Some of you may remember that back at CES in January this year, I got to blast an ioSafe Hard Drive with a shotgun. I am a big fan of ioSafe – they are a company that isn’t afraid to put their money where their mouths are and prove just how safe and secure their products are.
I have been using the SoloPRO now for quite a few months, and I really like it. At the time I didn’t have any USB 3.0 ports on my PC which is why I chose the slower eSATA/USB 2.0 model, a choice I regret now that I have USB 3.0.
To be honest, while eSATA is slower than USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 considerably slower than eSATA, you are not buying the SoloPRO for it’s speed, you are buying it for its disaster recovery and data protection capabilities – i.e. it’s waterproof and fireproof.
The SoloPRO isn’t just another hard drive used to backup my data, it is my secret weapon, my last resort of data protection. Yes I have copies offsite as well, but they are only as up to date as the last time I took them offsite. I am backing up daily to the SoloPRO. If it’s important to me, then it’s on the SoloPRO – simple as that!
The SoloPRO is very heavy and can be bolted down as well for extra security.
It is very easy to use – after all, it is just a hard drive in a very protective shell. You plug it in, you copy data to and from it as you see fit. Simple!
I thought about how I would go about testing the waterproof and fireproof claims, and then I decided that I would just take ioSafe’s word for it. The only way I could test it would be submerge it or set fire to it, and frankly I want to carry on using the drive afterwards!
Price wise, the 1TB eSATA/USB 2.0 version is $249.99 . You can choose to increase the size of the drive, and also you can opt for the USB 3.0 version. You can also increase the data recovery service to either 2 years or 3 years for a very reasonable price. You can even go for an SSD if you really want to go the extra mile.
If you want a drive to protect your previous and valuable data, and you want to be ultra secure in the knowledge it will be protected in the event of fire or flood, then buying the ioSafe SoloPRO is frankly a no-brainer! Add to that the “no questions asked data and hardware recovery service” and you have a real winner on your hands. The SoloPRO is a vital part of my data protection plan, you should really consider making it part of yours too!