A traditional hard drive will find itself damaged during a fire, be it due to heat or the water used to put out the fire. But not a hard drive being offered by ioSafe, a company that specializes in disaster-proofing devices.
How tough is it? Well, it thought it was tough enough to invite Cnet over for a demo.
The protective casing of the hard drive is able to withstand up to 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes and is waterproof to a depth of five feet.
IoSafe subjected two hard drives to temperatures ranging between 800 and 1,500 degrees. One hard drive was a standard desktop drive, the other, was the ioSafe 3.5.
Needless to say, the standard desktop drive was completely destroyed but the ioSafe 3.5 was untouched by the flames physically but was the data intact? The drive functioned like a champ and data was pulled off of it without issue.
ioSafe plans to offer additional models in the future such as ones based on SSDs, current models offer storage ranging from 200GB to 320GB in a variety of speeds. Price ranges from $330 to $450 depending on model.
The company is confident its hard drive will stay the course and backs the drive by a three year warranty. Should the drive be damaged beyond your means to recover data, the company will pay for you to ship the drive to them and up to $2,500 for a forensic-style data recovery service.