ioSafe Adds USB 3.0 And eSATA To SoloPRO External Hard Drive

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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 course.


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 assurance.

ioSafe® Announces the SoloPRO: Its Fastest Rugged External Hard Drive

The ioSafe® SoloPRO is available in high-performance USB 3.0 and eSATA versions, providing
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+ hours with
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 SoloPRO
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 be shipped
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 quickly without
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 can accomplish
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 performance and
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
international distributors.

About ioSafe

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 .
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3vi1 replied on Sat, Aug 21 2010 2:42 PM

I'd love to see you guys get one of these and put it through a series of challenges. I'm a little bit skeptical about their claims (I'm skeptical about everything), and think it would be humorous to see what kind of damage could be inflicted on this device. I somehow never pictured tough devices as having lots of LEDs on the front.

It might survive a fire, but is it going to be totally destroyed by several hundred pounds of burning house falling on it? If it's really tough, I wouldn't expect it to dissipate heat well during normal use.

I use a normal drives and a fire safe myself.

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realneil replied on Sat, Aug 21 2010 9:18 PM

I just try to stay safe from fire,....yuk-yuk!

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So this works well with an underwater laptop?

This is really nice, it is good to see them come out with somthing that will be able to last! Maybe when the apes take over this will still be around so they know what happened.

It will be nice to see when these go on sale at Fry's!

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