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.