Conclusion: The ioSafe Solo G3 is even more of a mission-dependent device than the ioSafe Rugged Portable. Everyone can understand the idea of a rugged portable hard drive. Such devices, which are frequently placed in backpacks or slung in the cup-holders of cars, are subject to many risks. It’s almost inevitable that a portable hard drive will at some point be dropped or splashed with water.
Pros: Rated against submersion and fire damage, Excellent build quality, Fast read and write speeds
Conclusion: For the truly paranoid (or, we should say, cautious), you could, conceivably, connect two ioSafe drives to a single PC and mirror them via backup software. Granted, you'll have two hefty footrests to find a place for, but this idea isn't as crazy as it might sound at first. Even at $600, plus $12 a year for the basic data-recovery plan, you'd still save a nearly $400 in the first year over what you'd pay to back up 1TB of files online.
Pros: Fire-resistant, waterproof shell, Extremely fast for a hard drive-based device, Reasonably priced data-recovery insurance plans, Quiet operation
Cons: Large and very heavy, No internal data redundancy
Excerpt: (3 items) ioSafe’s Solo G3 is the latest addition to the company’s line of fire- and water-proof hard drives, and is an updated version of the ioSafe Solo ( ). The Solo G3 has a new case design, replaces the USB 2.0 interface on the original Solo drive with USB 3.0, and has also gotten rid of the internal fan, allowing the G3 to operate in silence. The Solo G3 comes in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities and retails for $300, $350, and $400. respectively.
Pros: Pre-formatted for Mac, Free data recovery service, Fire- and water-proof
Cons: Average transfer speeds, Single interface, Very large and very heavy
Conclusion: The ioSafe Solo G3 is a great option for those living in high-risk areas, or users who just want extra peace of mind. The drive is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine backup utility. It comes in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities, for $499, $549 and $599 respectively.