I've been seeing a lot of advertisements lately for online data backup services. PCMag
recently published a roundup review of their top ten picks, including Carbonite, Mozy, Norton and a bunch of others I wasn't even aware of. Your ISP may also offer you free online storage space with your account. While these types of services may be attractive for the casual home user who only has a few gigabytes worth of data to back up, once you rack up a hundred gig or more your options begin to decrease. For one, many of these services cap their plans at a relatively low amount, 25 to 50 gigabytes or less. And if you have to update your data frequently, you start to run into performance issues. For example, if your broadband Internet connection can sustain a 2Mb/s upload speed it would take about a month and a half to upload 1TB of data.
IoSafe has targeted those home and small business users who need a sizable amount of backup space, and can't afford to lose their data to disasters such as fire or flood. Last year Shawn torture-tested their Solo 500GB
USB 2.0 product which passed with flying colors. The only complaint he had was the relatively slow USB 2.0 access speeds. For this year IoSafe releases their SoloPRO version offering the same robust fire and flood protection, with higher capacities and new USB 3.0 interface. The faster throughput should allow transfer rates up to the maximum write speed of the hard drive, which at an average 100MB/s sustained would swallow that same theoretical 1TB of data in just under three hours.
Join me as I take a closer look at the IoSafe SoloPRO 1TB USB 3.0 external drive.