Hard drives

Hard Drive Withstands Drops, Submersion, Shotgun Blasts

ioSafe's Rugged Portable hard drive launched at the Consumer Electronics Show this week withstood drops, submersion and even blasts from a 12-guage shotgun.

"It has a full metal jacket and it is machined out of a solid billet of aluminum," ioSafe CEO Robb Moore said.

ioSafe Shootout Video

The drive ranges in size from 250GB to 1TB and is priced starting at US$150.

The case is waterproof and can protect the data for up to three days in salt or fresh water at a depth of 10 feet, or 30 feet in the case of the titanium SSD version. The aluminum drive can withstand drops from 10 feet and the titanium from 20 feet.

But the most impressive demonstration of the drive's durability was at a Las Vegas gun range where data was recovered after the drive was shot with six blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun. The outer case was peppered with buckshot but there was no loss of data. Moore never claimed the drive could withstand gun blasts but said the demonstration was a fun way to s

how its durability.

From the arsenal then came an M16 automatic rifle capable of firing six rounds per second. One shot grazed the case, blowing off the back plate of the drive. If it had hit the center of the drive it would have been destroyed but because it hit only the side the photos Moore had loaded earlier could still be viewed.

The rugged drive has USB 3.0 and FireWire connections. Any model purchased comes with one year of data recovery service. Three years costs $50 and five years costs $100. The service includes data recovery even in cases of accidental deletion, according to ioSafe.

ioSafe has promoted other rugged hard drives. Last year, the company introduced the ioSafe Solo, which survived a flame cannon and submersion in water. (See the video of those unsuccessful demolition attempts.)

Check out our complete coverage of CES 2011.

Nick Barber covers general technology news in both text and video for IDG News Service. E-mail him at Nick_Barber@idg.com and follow him on Twitter at @nickjb.

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