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IoSafe silences Solo G3 drive, recommends Synology

IoSafe unveils the Solo G3 that's the same as the original of the SoloPro but now is almost silent, thanks to a new fanless design.

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Robb Moore, CEO of IoSafe , unveiling the SoloPro at CES 2012.
Robb Moore, CEO of ioSafe, unveiling the SoloPro at CES 2012. Dong Ngo/CNET

LAS VEGAS--IoSafe has finally learned that silence is golden.

In addition to the new Rugged Portable Thunderbolt that was announced with a bang, the maker of disaster-proof storage devices also unveiled today at CES 2012 the brand-new Solo G3 external hard drive.

This is the upgrade to the original SoloPro that was launched last year. Unlike the Rugged Portable lineup that's compact and susceptible to extreme heat, the SoloPro lineup is truly disaster-proof and can withstand an extraordinary amount of abuse. It's much larger and much heavier, however, and can't be used on the go. The original SoloPro is also fairly loud due to its huge ventilation fan.

The DS202+ NAS server from Synology was used during a demo of the new Solo G3 external hard drive.
The DS202+ NAS server from Synology was used during a demo of the new Solo G3 external hard drive. Dong Ngo/CNET

The new Solo G3 fixes just that. It now comes with a fanless design, which makes it operate almost silently. The only sound it emits is from the internal hard drive. The new drive shares a similar shape, weight, and protection level as the previous model. It also comes with either USB 3.0 or eSATA and USB 2.0 connectivity options.

Similar to the previous version, the new Solo G3 houses just one 3.5-inch internal hard drive inside and is designed to withstand temperatures up to 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit and a 10-foot deep-water submersion for up to three days, as well as other extreme conditions.

Robb Moore, CEO of IoSafe said that the Solo G3 is a perfect backup companion for network RAID-capable storage solutions, such as NAS servers from Synology. This is because while a RAID-1 or RAID-5 NAS server can keep your data safe from hard-drive failure, it can't protect your data should disaster strike.

Synology, by the way, is one of the best NAS vendors on the market, and offers great hardware powered by its even better Linus-based NAS operating system called Disk Station Manager. Synology announced version 4.0 at CES.

The new SoloPro drive is available now and the price starts at $250 for the 1TB version. As with all other IoSafe drives, its prices include one year of Data Recovery Service, which pays up to $5,000 worth of your data recovery effort.