Summary: The ioSafe Solo G3 makes an excellent backup solution for those who need to make sure their important data survives even the worst disasters.
Pros: The quiet and good-looking ioSafe Solo G3 offers stellar performance with USB 3.0 and is designed to safeguard your data against fire and water damage. The drive includes a year of data-recovery service that offers up to $2,500 toward the cost of data retrieving.
Cons: The ioSafe Solo G3 is a single-volume storage solution hence offers no protection against the case its only internal hard drive fails. The device is also very heavy and bulky.
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
Conclusion: While it's not for everyone, the ioSafe Solo G3 external hard drive will take a bullet—literally—to protect your data. Speedy USB 3.0 connectivity and an incredibly ingenious design make this technical marvel worthy of an Editors' Choice award.
Pros: Practically indestructible. Speedy USB 3.0 interface. Silent operation. Includes forensic data recovery service.
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.