ioSafe Solo 500GB Rugged USB External Hard Drive


Data protection as we know it mainly looks at aspects such as physical security and logical security through measures such as encryption, secure locks, access controls and so on. Looking from a Business Continuity Planning spectrum this is only one aspect of data protection. What about issues caused by natural disasters such as fire, floods, earthquakes etc. For the SOHO user there are quite a few solutions out there that provide security mechanisms such as encryption, secure locks as well as access controls; however there are hardly any products out there that look into problems caused by natural causes. No matter how good an encryption mechanism is or how well a device is secured from theft, damages caused to storage devices by fire or water can cause irreparable damage to your data as well as the device.

Today we bring to you a solution from the gufys at known as the ioSafe Solo External Hard Drive. The ioSafe Solo External Hard Drive is supposed to be Fireproof to 1550° F for ½ hour and Waterproof upto 10 feet of fresh water or salt water for 3 full days. This is quite a remarkable achievement and I am yet to see any competing product that offers the same amount of features for a very afforble price. Lets first dive in and see the list of features the ioSafe Solo External Hard Drive offers.

This rugged USB hard drive makes a great add-on to most business laptops for greater storage space.


Features and Specifications:



Dimensions (inches) 5.0W X 7.1H X 11.0L
Weight (lbs) 15
Interface Transfer Rate (USB 2.0) 480 Mbps

External Power Supply

AC Input 100-240V, 50-60 Hz, 1.0 A
DC Output 12V @ 2 A

Ambient Temperature

Operating 40 – 95°F
Non-operating 0 – 1550°F, up to 30 minutes per ASTM E119


Operating (non-condensing) – 80%
Non-operating 100%, up to 72 hours @ 10′ depth


Operational Details:
  1. Single disk. 500 GB, 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities.
  2. Quiet forced air cooling.
  3. Multi-platform compatibility: Windows and Mac
  4. USB 2.0, up to 480Mb/s
System Requirements:
  1. Intel Pentium II 350 Mhz-compatible or Mac G3 processor & greater
  2. Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS 8.6 & greater
  3. USB equipped system
  4. For USB 2.0 speeds, the system must support USB 2.0 specifications
Disaster & Security Specifications:
  1. Fire protection — 1550° F, 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
  2. Tested per UL, FCC and CE Standards
  3. Flood / submersion protection — to 10 feet water depth, 3 days.
  4. Proven data protection and recovery. Tested to ASTM E119 standards for fire exposure.
  5. Physical theft protection
  6. Cable lock or floor mount optional
  1. One year Data Recovery Service. One time, no questions asked policy. Click here for details.
  2. Three Year standard manufacturer’s warranty for defects
Inside The Box:
  1. ioSafe Solo USB External Hard Drive
  2. USB Cable
  3. Power Supply
  4. Owner’s Manual and Warranty
  1. Electrical – AC input
  2. Voltage: 80 ~ 264 VAC at 50/60 HZ
  3. Typical Power Consumption: < 25W
Operating Environmental:
  1. Operating: 0-35° C (95° F)
  2. Non-operating: 0-1550° F, 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
  3. Operating Humidity: 20% – 80% (non-condensing)
  4. Non-operating Humidity: 100%, Full water immersion, 10 feet, 3 days.
  1. Size: 5.0″W x 7.1″H x 11.0″L
  2. Weight: 15 lbs


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