Summary: Purchased this unit for my wife to keep past family photos and other important documents as a second backup unit. A great fireproof and waterproof unit which is hard to locate for a great value. The ioSafe company personnel are outstanding! They answered by questions in a most professional manner. I am thinking about purchasing another unit for my valuable records and other important documents.
Summary: I have several of these units to back up my data and have used these over the years with NO issues. Other, less expensive, drives have failed resulting in thousands of dollars in restoration fees. I will only purchase this brand in external hard drives after such wonderful experience with them.
Summary: The first thing I noticed was how safely it was boxed up. It is heavy and the protective packaging was designed accordingly. That tells me the manufacturer is paying attention and not trying to cut corners. I had no concerns about damage during shipment. It was easy to format for Mac. It runs VERY quietly. Admittedly, I am a back-up freak; I use three external drives to b/u two computers and a few iOS devices.
Summary: First off: heavy. I don't think any one will run off with it (unless they are really big, then let them have it). Second: Still a mechanical hard drive, so will fail some day. Third: works well as hard drive. Do not need third party software (unless want auto back up). Make folders on it, drag and drop whatever on to it, then shut off and disconect.
Pros: works like any hard drive very quite
Cons: short usb cord which is important 'cause... did i say it was heavy?
Summary: I have two IoSafe products so far, and they run all the time. I have no problems at all booting my computer -- they stay on continually and it isn't a problem. I saw that someone had issues with it, but I'm not sure if there is something else that is contributing to that issue. I personally do not have any issues iwth mine and they are amazing.
Pros: size consistent and durable dependable
Cons: it is a bit big and heavy -- but not really a con.
Summary: I bought this because it was on sale and it has had excellent reviews. I wanted something secure and trustworthy; I'm safeguarding professional data. I'm lazy and don't do all the backup stuff I should. This buys peace of mind for me: one less thing to worry about if there's a fire. Whether the disaster resistance is hype or not, I think it's true and I sleep better. The Data Recovery Service is a plus; you can buy more years for cheap.
Pros: usb 3.0 is very fast quiet solid extra drs available for $100/5 years mac os no problem (10.9 mavericks) new mbpro doesn't interfere with work as it backs up ez to set up and go
Cons: short usb cord it's heavy and clunky looking
Summary: I originaly purchaced this to be a cloud storage for my home network. Little did I know that it is ment for back up only. I do feel better knowing that all of my important documents and memories are protected.
Summary: I haven't done the ultimate test yet, thank goodness! But this is a very solidly built unit. I have confidence that it will protect the data should it come to that. Performance and capacity-wise it does what it says. The USB 3 connection is very fast. I have been running scripts to back up my several machines to this drive for disaster recovery. I hope I never have to use it for that purpose but I believe it will work when I need it.
Summary: I purchased this as a backup for all the info on my Mac Book. Had already gotten another one for my wife's PC. I thought the price for the features and amount of storage was more than reasonable. The unit comes formatted for a PC, but a simple call to their customer service, and I was in business for the Mac Book. The customer service rep was GREAT; based in the USA and did a great job!
Summary: I bought this to provide a dedicated backup for my Windows Server. Cloud storage cost more than I wanted to pay and the machine sits inaccessibly in the laundry room so rotating disks between onsite and offsite wasn't really going to work. ioSafe offered a good compromise: a backup with a reasonable chance of surviving a fire at a reasonable price.
Pros: great price for 3tb fireproof external storage. excellent tech support.