|Hard Drive||500 GB|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
ioSafe Rugged Portable 500 GB USB 3.0Hard Drive (PA50500U1YR)
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- Crush resistant to up to 5000 lbs (Ti) and 2500 lbs (Al)
- Full suspension in all six axes of motion.
- Full immersion in diesel fuel, oils, hydraulic fluids, aircraft fuels
- Continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain
- Protects data from flood, full submersion, 10 ft depth,72 hours fresh or salt water
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**Update 10/28/2013: So, after a little over a year the device has died. Not as a result of a drop, a gun shot or a sledgehammer. I even made a point to always ensure the hard drive was "safe to remove" before unplugging it. Sadly, the computer simply stopped recognizing it, suggesting that the internals just stopped working. I've tried a few things to get it back up and running but to no avail. Unfortunately, I did not back up ALL the data (my fault but I really thought this would last longer than this) and I did not buy ioSafe's recovery service (again because I thought I'd get at least a few years out of it). Lesson learned. While the hard drive is surely better and more rugged than most, it too appears to suffer from the same problems as all others. I have to give up my quest to recover any data from the drive. Updated review - 3 out of 5 stars**
A little about how I ended up with my ioSafe - I travel quite a lot for work, and I need to take my work with me. So, up until the purchase of the ioSafe I was using just regular portable hard drives. Yes, plural.Read more ›
It is small but built like a tank and sure it can withstand bullets. I travel a lot and this small hard drive give me peace of mind that it will survive any outside impacts. Transferring data is really fast with 3.0 USB connection. Even with 2.0 connection, it still faster than my old drive.
More over, I got mail-in rebate for $50.00 that help bringing down the price to $80.00; around the same price with other brand names but it provides more protection. Very good deal. If you are looking for a reliable portable hard drive, this will fit your need.
This could have been me...but because I am extra anal about backup...it wasn't.
I've used dozens of different portable hard drive solutions to store, backup and archive my digital photographs in the field, but after extensive testing, I am switching to the ioSafe.
The ioSafe Rugged Portable 500 GB drive costs less than $200 most places. It's a 5400 RPM 500 GB drive made of billet-machined aluminum and titanium. It's compact, beefy, well-built, reliable and comes with a Kensington® Lock compatible slot. It weighs two pounds and connects to my MacBookPro with a Firewire 800 or USB 2.0 cable.
The company advertises this as a rugged, go-anywhere drive that's perfect for harsh environments. Based on my experience, that's accurate. They boast that it's even waterproof. I haven't tested that claim but based on everything else I've seen, I'd believe it.
During my testing, I filled the drive with data, then, in a real-world situation, knocked it off my desk onto a carpeted floor. No damage - no data loss. I then got a bit tougher. I took it out into the studio, held it over my head and let go onto the tile floor. Some cosmetic damage to the drive, but no data loss. I am convinced.
The company says that the drive is "crush protected" up to 5,000 pounds. I don't know what that means but it sounds good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They say it's rugged. I even purchased the extra protection that covers the sides to prevent shock. It dropped once from a table to carpeted floor and it hasn't worked since. Read morePublished 15 months ago by EJ
have had it for quite a while. never been disappointed, rugged and dependable hard disc. aluminum housing has developed a 'character' with some scratches and dents, because I carry... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Hannes Breitschädel
Condition on Arrival
- Brand new without a scratch.
- I've dropped this a few times from about 4-5 feet and it is still running like a champ. Read more
My tech geek, engineer, researches everything, detail oriented brother chose this to save all of our old digitized family videos. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Jason Atkins
I have ordered three ioSafe external rugged hard drives over the past two years and all three work flawlessly (I store backups of my photographs and video files on them as I am a... Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by ShotgunPig
Works perfectly well! Took a very long time for my laptop to recognize the drive at first for some reason, but after that, it works great!Published on July 9, 2013 by Rasenth
This thing seems like it's a great idea - rugged - withstands fires, earthquakes etc. etc. The body itself seems strong and all that BUT the cord that connects to it is so darn... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by rockgstar
I was very impressed with the build of this hard drive as soon as I took it out of the box. All of the tests measuring its fortitude seemed confirmed to me when I opened the... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Dranian