ioSafe: Backup Drives Secure Enough To Survive the Apocalypse?

Can you get an external hard drive rugged enough to withstand fires, floods, and earthquakes? Yes, according to ioSafe, which advertises “disaster proof hardware.” It sent us its external backup drive that is apparently apocalypse-proof. Seriously. Look what people have done to them!

If these drives can stand up to shotguns and house fires, would you feel comfortable relying on one as your only backup?

ioSafe sent us the external drive and a portable version to review. What kind of torture tests do you want to see? I’m not sure we can do anything to them that hasn’t already been done, but we will try.


  1. Avatar Jerry says:

    The 12 Gauge round is definitely not buckshot. Try a Hornady SST 12 gauge SST sabot round instead. Alternatively, you might try a 7.62 (.308 Winchester) AP round. I expect either would kill those nasty old hard drives.

  2. Sam Glover Sam G. says:

    Randall just dropped off the review unit, and holy cow is this thing heavy! It’s like a little hard drive tank. I think it’s theft-proof just because a thief would fall over on the way to the door while trying to escape with this monster.

  3. Sam Glover Sam G. says:

    Well there you go. According to the spec sheet, it’s only 15 lbs., but it feels like twice that.

  4. Avatar Suzie Easter says:

    I don’t suppose it would survive dynamite. :)

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