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[Video] – Burning the ioSafe SoloPRO

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A few months ago I received a test ioSafe SoloPro external disk drive.  This heavyweight unit is designed to withstand fire and water and so could be used as a home backup device for the worst kind of catastrophe.  For a few months I ran the device as a Time Machine backup for my main iMac.  It performs well enough and I didn’t really need to take notice of it.  Internally the device is simply a large 1TB Hitachi SATA drive, but clearly it’s the surrounding protection that’s of interest.

In this first of three videos, I discuss the hardware and then set light to it!  I suggest you don’t try this at home.  You’ll hear me realise half way through the video that perhaps I should have considered whether it was likely to explode or not.  Enjoy the video and look out for the follow ups, which will find out whether I can still read data from the unit.

About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
  • Noah

    Only 1 drive? You mean its not mirrored to anything?

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