The rugged desktop ioSafe Solo external hard drive brings disaster protection to a price range that everyone can afford. With capacities from 500GB to 2TB, the ioSafe Solo can safely protect precious digital family photo albums, MP3 music libraries and days of video memories. For business, the ioSafe Solo hard drive is a great way to protect customer databases or to secure regulated information including patient records (HIPAA, Sox, etc) or credit card information (PCI regulated). Businesses use the Solo hard drive as a backup and storage device, no longer worrying about data loss from moving computer tapes and files offsite. Like other ioSafe products, the ioSafe Solo uses ioSafe patented technology including FloSafe air flow cooling, HydroSafe waterproof barriers and the DataCast fireproof insulation.
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Customer Reviews of ioSafe Solo 2 TB USB 2.0 Fireproof and Waterproof External Hard Drive with 5 Year Data Recovery Service SL2000GB5YR (Silver)
not impressed so far3/1/2011
well after looking at this for a few months and waiting for the price to drop i took the plunge and ordered it. i literally exhaled in relief that my data would b stored on a drive that i have seen nothing but great reviews on. i hooked it up and powered it up after rearranging my desk due to it's massive footprint. i was first saddened to hear it's fan whirring away and creating it's noise that made me realize that i would have to shut it down when ever i was recording vocal or acoustic guitar tracks in my control room. what a p.i.t.a. considering my massive loop libraries that i was hoping to house on it to free up space and keep safe. so for the sake of having my data safley stored i figured i would just roll w/this inconvenience of having to either power down and up to use my libraries and also not have the fan noise on my recordings. second thing i realized is that it is a Hatachi drive inside :[ out of the 4 Hatachi drives i have had only the one still working is in my MacBookPro and 2 of them are still in cue to be sent out to have the data recovered. so again i rolled w/ it and hoped for the best. after having to format the disk i went to back up via "Time Machine" and it took 14 (fourteeeeeen) or so hours, despite it taking any other usb2 external drives i back up on 4 hours on the first run. so i left it to do it's backup and when i checked it the next day it had an error message saying, "the backup was not performed due to an error,use disk utility to repair your disk." so i did and then i got the error message, "..can't repair this disk,back up your files,reformat your disk and restore your back-up files." to this i had to laugh, after all, this is supossed to be my, "back up disk" and it would not let me acess any of my data so how was i suposed to back up anything from this unusable un-repairable disk?!?! s0oOooooo i wiped the drive and reformatted it yet again and then started to back up my data yet again. it did the "Time Machine" backup in the usual 4 hrs that time so i figured it was ok..... however, it fully crashed when i went to start up the next time i used it. it would not even mount (show up on the desktop like a healthy drive does). so i restarted it and tried to re-prompt it by starting "Disc Utility" to no avail so i rebooted the computer and power cycled the ioSafe again a few times and it finally recognized one of the partitions then i tried too run "Disc Utilities" again and it gave me the, "..can't repair this disk,back up your files,reformat your disk and restore your back-up files." AGAIN!!! this was after an hour or so of waiting for Disk Utilities. ahhhhhhhhhh....ok.....so like how am i supposed to "repair" a disc that wont even mount for Disc Utilities to be able to see it in the first place?!?!?!?!?! W.T.F.?......OVER...... so i called up and got an RA # to return it. the person i talked to knew nothing of the different drives that ioSafe installs into these enclosures. however, i am leary of having them replace it because i dont want to use my one time replacement from the 5 (FIVE) year policy i bought on the unit for a p.o.s. Craptachi drive right out of the box that i have not even had for a week yet. i'll update as it unfolds. b.t.w. i LOVE the idea of the fire and water deal but mainly being able to purchase a policy for my data is what got me. also anyone willing to keep their fingers crossed for me is appreciated as i NEED some dependable storage so i can get back to recording. ok, still waiting for BUY.COM to get back to me after they told me 2 weeks ago that someone would call me in 24 hours.T drive has been mailed back to them and still nothing so far.
Very quick shipping from Buy.com. Unit is quiet and more than fast enough for my requirements (mostly large, scanned, slide/photo files, but also important personal documents). It does exactly what I want it to do with the connectivity I require. The peace of mind the additional physical security the case provides is well worth the extra money, especially when you think of the value of your documents and the time spent scanning/accumulating them. Thumbs up!
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