Most people don't back up their files, and if they do, it's to a dinky USB stick that could, at most, survive cycle through the wash.
Or perhaps your priceless pictures and meticulously curated music collection is at the whim of an external hard drive, which would be toast in the event of a flood or fire.
Worried? If your stuff is that important to you, that you would freak out if a spring melt or forest fire wiped out your home, than a disaster-proof hard drive is the solution.
Meet the Solo G3 from ioSafe, a shelter for your stuff.
Nobody needs one of these to shuttle between the office and home, or the studio and your couch. This thing weighs a cinderblock-heavy 15 lbs., so it's safe to say it won't be going anywhere, quickly.
The unit has a locking mechanism too, so you can prevent this unit from falling victim to thieves. But the bad guys are you this drive's smallest woes.
The G3 is built to withstand practically whatever mother nature or the devil throws at it. The drive inside, not the unit itself.
Inside is a power adapter and a fanless interface, so don't think you could dunk one of these in water without having to strip it down to the hard drive to recover your data. But if, for some reason, a pipe bursts at home, this thing can survive 10 feet deep in water for up to three days in fresh or salt water.
Even after going for a swim, this thing didn't stop.
Then there's the device's fire-proof rating. It can stand about half an hour while in the midst 1550 Farenheit for half an hour. Due to a fire ban in my region, I couldn't put this to the test. But check out this YouTube video
of a similar backup drive if you don't believe ioSafe's claim.
Data is sent to and from the G3 quite quickly, even faster than some of the other, simpler external USB hard disks I've sampled using my computer's USB 2.0 interface. Then again, the G3 also supports USB 3.0 for even faster data transfer rates.
My only complaint is this thing's size, which means it'll take up a substantial footprint in your bedroom or office. But then again, you're not using this thing on a daily basis, are you?
Cost: From $299 available here
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets