Two Minute Video: Testing a Fireproof, Waterproof Hard Drive

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The $250 ioSafe SoloPRO external hard drive promises protection against fire up to 1,550 degrees and water up to 10 feet deep. The internal hard drive is a standard one-terabyte desktop drive and the external enclosure connects via eSATA or USB 3.0.

In the event of a catastrophe, the company will either walk you through extracting the hard drive from the casing yourself or have you ship them the drive. In that case, they’ll attempt to recover the data and, if successful, they’ll load it all back up on a new drive and send it back to you in a replacement enclosure, good as new.

I baked the drive in a 550-degree oven for a good hour and then submerged it underwater for a few more hours. Check out the results in the above video.

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