Thursday, May 26, 2011

ioSafe Rugged Portable Performing as Advertised


I've been tinkering with the ioSafe Rugged Portable for a while now, and I've got to say that I continue to be impressed with the products this company churns out.
For years now I've advocated a series of portable hard drives to do your backup.  Do the backup, take it  home, bring another one in the next day, and repeat.  Overall this system works well, but the drives you use need to be treated gently.  Too much banging in a bag or an unexpected drop in the parking lot can result in disc damage and lost data.  How do you overcome these drawbacks?  With the ioSafe Rugged Portable.
This thing is built like a tank while having all the speed and storage space I need.  Although larger than a "normal" portable drive, the size is not excessive and is well worth the boost in durability.  The device features:

Construction and Physical Security Specifications

• Full Metal JacketTM Technology – CNC machined enclosure from a solid billet of aluminum (Al) or titanium (Ti) alloy. Crush resistant to up to 5000 lbs (Ti) and 2500 lbs (Al) yet weighs as little as a pound (Al).

• Full Suspension DriveTM Technology – Full suspension in all six axes of motion. Optimized for data loss protection from drop and shock of 20’ drops (SSD version) and 10’ drops (250-750 GB HDD versions, 1TB HDD requires optional drive skin) per MIL-STD-810G Method 516.5.

• HydroSafeTM Technology – Waterproof yet heat conducting barrier to protect against data loss up to 10’ for 3 days in fresh water or salt water (aluminum version) or 30’ for 3 days (titanium version) per IP68. Protects data even when USB plug is in. No requirement for a connector cap to retain data protection.

• ChemSafeTM Technology – Full immersion in diesel fuel, oils, hydraulic fluids, aircraft fuels, 12” depth for 1 hour with no data loss per MIL-STD-810G Method 504 • EnviroSafeTM Technology – Continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain, 24 hours with no data loss per

MIL-STD-810G Methods 505.4, 506.4, 509.4 and 510. • AltiSafeTM Technology – High altitude operation. 15K ft. (Alum.) and 30K ft. (SSD and Ti.) rated altitudes per MIL-STD-810G Method 500.4 • Theft Resistant Kensington® Lock compatible slot solid metal construction – theft protection

Software Specifications (included but not required for use)

• Genie TimelineTM Pro Full Version2 ($60 Value) Award winning backup software. Simple, block level, open file and OS Continuous Data Protection (CDP) software for Windows users. Disaster recovery for entire hard drive including programs and settings, roll back and AES encryption features for the ultimate protection. Registration required at to validate purchase prior to downloading software and install code.

• Apple® Mac® TimeMachine® Supported – Apple Time Machine fully supported. Reformat of device may be required. Simple instructions online at

• TrueCrypt® AES-256 Encryption Compatible3 - Open source, encryption software. FIPS 140-2, ISO/IEC 10118-3:2004. PC, Mac and Linux compatible.

Operational Details

• 5400, 7200 RPM HDDs available, 250GB – 1TB capacities • SSD capacities from 256GB-512GB • Billet-machined Aluminum (1lb.) and Titanium (1.5 lb.) enclosures (3.9"W x 5.7"L x 1.0"H) • Multi-platform compatibility with Mac & PC/Windows • USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0 computers)

If you are looking for the best way to protect your data, get an ioSafe.  It's the best your money can buy.


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