IoSafe Rugged Portable review: Anger management alternative
CNET editor Dong Ngo gives his take on IoSafe's disaster-resistant portable hard drive, the Rugged Portable.
Admit it! Sometimes you are so mad, you just want to slam something on the floor, step on it, and then kick it a few times. I know a friend who did just that with his portable drive only to later regret losing data and hurting his big toe. If only he had had the
First introduced at CES 2011 with a bang ( ), IoSafe's Rugged Portable is the first mobile external hard drive that can really withstand serious beatings and abuse. The drive can handle drops, water submersion, dust, chemicals, and being crushed by a vise. I have personally shot at it with a shotgun--at a demo, not out of anger--and it didn't break.
This means that if you happen to drop it in the street and the thing gets run over by
As an external hard drive, the Rugged Portable supports USB 3.0 and is bus-powered. It does require separate cables for USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, however, as its USB 3.0 cable doesn't draw enough power from just one USB 2.0 port. In our testing, it was as fast as we have come to expect from USB 3.0 drives.
As with its other products, IoSafe backs the Rugged Portable with a one-year hassle-free warranty, which can be upgraded to five years, and it's sugar-coated with a data recovery plan that covers up to $5,000 in recovery costs. The company says it will honor the warranty if the drive or data it contains is damaged for whatever reason. This means you don't really have to maintain your composure when owning one.
The IoSafe Rugged Portable is available in 256GB, 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities that cost $150, $250, $300 and $400, respectively. While it's significantly more expensive than other portable drives of the same capacities, it does offer the kind of peace of mind that others generally can't. Note that the IoSafe won't compensate you for broken toes, however, and trust me, those aren't fun.
For more information on the drive before deciding if you'll need one for yourself,