If you need rugged, fireproof storage, there are only a few companies
you can call. Requiring that your data be able to withstand both fire
and flood is a pretty niche requirement, but we fully understand that
some of you have data that's top secret. Not that we know who you are,
but we digress. ioSafe
has been providing such a service for a few years
now, and they're just now updating the tried-and-true ioSafe Solo with a
new version. A new version that's capable or USB 3.0 or eSATA, of
In order to keep pace with the innovation on the connector side, ioSafe
is introducing the SoloPRO, which looks exactly like the original until
you flip it around back. It will ship in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB sizes, and
users will be able to select a USB 3.0 or an eSATA/USB 2.0 model for
even faster transfers. It's designed to work with all desktop operating
systems as well as Windows and Linux servers, and contrary to popular
belief, being able to resist fire and water won't cost you an arm and a
leg. The units will sell for $249.99, $319.99 and $419.99 (from smallest
to largest), which doesn't seem too big a premium for that much
ioSafe® Announces the SoloPRO: Its Fastest Rugged External
The ioSafe® SoloPRO is available in high-performance USB 3.0 and eSATA
users with an unprecedented combination of speed and physical security.
AUBURN, Calif., August 18, 2010 -- ioSafe today announced the
availability of the SoloPRO.
The SoloPRO is the business-class edition of the award-winning Solo
external hard drive and is
available in USB 3.0 and eSATA/USB 2.0 formats, providing full support
for Windows, Linux
servers, and desktop operating systems.
SoloPRO features include:
Fast transfer speeds over 100 MB/s - 3 to 4 times faster than typical
USB 2.0 speeds. One
TB of data can be backed up to a SoloPRO in a couple of hours versus 10+
USB 2.0 or several months online at normal speeds.
Available in 1 TB, 1.5 TB and 2 TB capacities.
Rugged disaster proof design. Both the USB 3.0 and eSATA versions of the
protect against data loss in temperatures up to 1550° F for 30 minutes
per ASTM E119 or
being submerged to a depth of 10 feet for up to 3 days.
Advanced Replacement Service. Replacement products under warranty will
out in advance with proper packaging and return shipping pre-paid. The
end user simply
uses the packaging to ship the original unit back to the factory.
12 months Data Recovery Service Standard. Up to $2,500.00 towards the
cost of third-
party forensic data recovery, one time, for any reason including
accidental deletion, hard
drive failure, fires, floods, etc. Upgradeable to 3 or 5 years for $49
or $99 respectively.
Heat-resistant paint option. Bright emergency orange colored coating to
help make the
SoloPRO easy to recover in a post-disaster environment.
"Both homes and businesses need to store ever-increasing volumes of data
worrying about data loss. ioSafe has always been about safely and
securely storing data locally
and now with its introduction of USB 3.0 and eSATA, homes and businesses
that more quickly than ever before ," said Jerome Wendt, an expert in
data storage who serves as
the Principal and Lead Analyst at DCIG.
Martin A. Regtien, Editor-in-Chief of Digital Reviews Network, tested
the SoloPRO and said,
"Based on the ioSafe SoloPRO USB 3.0 strengths – in this case its
literal strengths of being
fireproof, waterproof - plus its value for money, we have no option but
to award it our highest
commendation: our Editor's Choice Award."
ioSafe CEO Robb Moore added, "The new SoloPRO provides industry-leading
physical security as well as plug-and-play simplicity. Additionally, the
new interfaces and
upgraded Data Recovery Services make the SoloPRO a logical choice for
disaster protection in
home office and business environments."
The USB 3.0 Solo is compatible with USB 2.0. Users without USB 3.0 who
wish to upgrade can
easily do so by adding a USB 3.0 PCI Express card to their system.
Pricing and availability
Priced at $249.99 for the 1 TB model, $319.99 for the 1.5 TB model and
$419.99 for the 2 TB
model, the SoloPRO will be available September 1, 2010 via the ioSafe
website, resellers and
Like an aircraft black box for data, ioSafe provides rugged, fireproof,
waterproof hardware and
disaster recovery services as a cost-effective way for corporations and
consumers alike to protect
their irreplaceable data. ioSafe is a privately held company with
headquarters in Auburn, Calif.
For more information, please visit www.iosafe.com .