ioSafe Solo 500 GB Rugged USB External Hard Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Connan Schafstall
Date: 08-26-2009
Provided by: ioSafe
Post Testing Analysis

As you can see from the photos, the enclosure sure took a beating in the fire. All of the plastic on the USB connection and power switch on the back of the drive were melted.

And here we have the enclosure after cleaning all of the black soot off. It still looks pretty rough compared to how it did brand new. Although I didn't remember to get a photo of it, the plaque on the back with the engraved serial number was still easily readable once cleaned.

As for the extraction process, it took about 10-15 minutes total for us to completely remove the hard drive from within. We wanted to have a look inside and to share with you what the internals look like and show you that the drive did indeed work perfectly after all of that abuse!

For those curious, the drive inside our enclosure was a Hitachi Deskstar SATA 3.0 Gb/s, 7200 RPM.

We were, however, left with some questions regarding the drive, its warranty and a few other things, so we contacted ioSafe with our questions which we have detailed on the next page.

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