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ioSafe Solo Disaster Proof External Hard Drive Review
Author: Richard Vertrees
Type: Reviews Last Updated: May 28, 2010
Page: 1 of 5
Introduction
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The Solo from ioSafe is an external hard drive that is designed to keep your data safe in case of a disaster – especially fire and flood. This product comes in four capacities: 500 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB, and 2 TB. We set the 500 GB on fire for 30 minutes and then dropped gallons of water on it. Let’s see if it survived!

When purchased this product includes a three-year warranty and a one-year data recovery service. For USD 100 you can upgrade this to a five-year warranty and a five-year data recovery service.

By the way, ioSafe also has an SSD product line, which is also shock resistant – according to the manufacturer it can be dropped from the top of an eight-story building.

In Figures 1 and 2 you can see the overall look of the Solo, which comes in one color, a dull silver. The general look is a smoothly curved cinder block with the ioSafe logo on the front. The holes on the front above and below the ioSafe logo glow blue when the drive is in use.

ioSafe Solo
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Figure 1: ioSafe Solo.

ioSafe Solo
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Figure 2: ioSafe Solo.

As you can see in Figure 2 there is only a connection for a USB 2.0 cable – though the SSD models are eSATA-capable. For increased security this model comes with a floor bolt mount on the back of the case.

ioSafe Solo
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Figure 3: Cables.

Now let’s see now let’s take a closer look at the inner workings of the Solo.

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