These guys boast some pretty impressive stats (see their site for the full scoop):
- crush resistant to 2,500/5,000 lbs. (depending on model)
- fully suspended to withstand drops of 10 ft.
- waterproof to 10 ft., in fresh or salt water, for up to 3 days
If you search around a bit, you’ll find videos of people showering with them, handing a drive and a hammer to a toddler, and even shooting one with a shotgun…all of which it survived.
We can only hope that our drives won’t ever have to deal with that, but we definitely run our drives through the mill more than most. Already this year, we’ve logged about 150,000 miles on Delta alone, and between Joe and I, we usually have about 6TB of drives with us.
For several years, we were using a bunch of LaCie Rugged’s, but found that the firewire ports were prone to burnout, and we’ve had several crash on us over time (as can and will likely happen with any drive). The thought of them being “rugged” was appealing, but they didn’t really live up to their name, and felt like we always had to baby them.
Enter the “Ultra” Rugged drives from ioSafe. We’ve been trekking around the world with six of these guys (1TB units), and after 5 months of abuse, I think we can give them a solid thumbs up. We’ve happily ditched our LaCie’s, made these ioSafe drives our primary on-the-road storage, and so far, it’s been smooth sailing.
Here’s what we like about them:
– Right out of the box, they come with one year of data recovery service (up to $5,000), which starts as soon as you enter an activation code on their site. You also have the opportunity to upgrade that to three or five years. That’s some peace of mind, before you even take the drive into the field.
– The build is impressive. They’re definitely heavier than our old drives, but the all-metal construction is solid, and we don’t feel the need to be extremely delicate with them, as we do with other drives (as clearly seen in the video up top).
Note from Joe….. Drew and Cali had a great time messing with this drive. I kept coming up with cheeseball blog titles like “Taking a Drive for a Drive,”or other nonsense, but they wisely overruled me. And, at the end of the video, that’s not me screaming. It’s my crazy uncle who does our archiving. More tk…