IoSafe’s Hard Drive Withstands 1 Million Volts From a Tesla Surge Unit

People fork out loads of money on home insurance to protect their assets, but they often forget to think about the digital assets. You can replace bedding and clothes, but treasured videos and images are harder to get back, and with so many people having large digital libraries you need to start considering how to care for these memories. IoSafe makes it their business to keep your digital life secure and to demonstrate how hardy their hard drives are they like to put them through rather rigorous testing. Sure, it’s unlikely the average person will be zapped with 1 million volts via a Tesla coil, but just in case, it’s nice to have that security.

IoSafe hired Dr Megavolt (also known as Austin Richards) a Tesla coil specialist and we got to see him wear an intriguing Faraday suit and fry himself for our amusement. He ran around the eight foot tall Tesla coil area and thee were crackles, there was fire, there was a weird singing smell in the air, but Dr Megavolt remained unharmed in the Tesla Coil vicinity- and then he took IoSafe’s latest hard drive into the arena, the Rugged Portable Thunderbolt drive.

First we loaded up the drive with some files and some nonsense word- the CEO wanted us to be clear this was a real test- and then we saw 1 million volts shot through this baby. The one difference was that it had a grounding cap to cover the ports, though we were promised if we ever wanted to use our hard drive near a Tesla coil, we could be shipped this (likelihood; 1 in 1 billion).

The drive was then connected back to the MacBook Air – and voila- all our data was exactly where it had been, much to our amazement. Full specs are still vague, but the demo proved that this is one hot hard drive.

IoSafe also showed us the IoSafe Solo G3, a rugged fireproof and waterproof hard drive that can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. It’s compatible with USB 3.0 and fireproof for heat up to 1550 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes (fancy sending the firemen in to collect it?) and can cope with 3 days submerged below water. If you have any issue recovering data after this, IoSafe will personally spend up to $2500 of their company money trying to recover your data- and send it to an outside specialist to do so. Price will be $299 for the 1st terabyte and it starts shipping Feb 1st.

We left impressed, and feeling that IoSafe really has our data’s best interests at heart. What they’ll do next year to prove it.. now that’s the big question!

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