ioSafe's Solo Demo-lition: Fire!

ioSafe demoed its Solo external hard drive to prove that the device can survive water submersion and intense fire.

The ioSafe Solo under fire. Dong Ngo/CBS Interactive

I blogged about ioSafe's Solo external hard drive the other day, and Thursday at CES, I was invited to the company's demo.

The Solo is heavier and bigger than most external hard drives that are based on a single 3.5-inch internal hard drive. Nonetheless, it looks good. The most important thing, however, is the fact that the demo unit survived both water submersion and intense heat.

The demo was done by first copying a few photos (some of myself) onto the Solo. Then the drive was literally thrown into a pool and stay submersed for a few minutes. After that it was put on burner and was toasted under intense heat (up to more than 1600 degrees) for about 10 minutes).

The drive's outer casing was completely destroyed, the internal drive, however, was intact and the photos could be retrieved very easily. Click on the link below to view the slide show of the demo (warning: it's hot!)

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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