ioSafe SoloPRO 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 12-13-2010
Provided by: ioSafe

The SoloPRO is available in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB varieties, and although it utilizes only a single drive, in USB 3.0 testing we observed the fastest access speeds we've ever seen from a standard hard disk. Average, sustained read and write speeds were clocked at well above 100MB/s in all three benchmarks, with peak read reaching 140MB/s or more in some tests. Smaller, random read/writes were obviously much slower, however if you're using the SoloPRO solely as a backup drive, you should see close to that maximum throughput in a long sustained copy process.

Following the performance benchmarks, it was time for some disaster testing. The SoloPRO was placed in a fire for approximately half an hour. The unit was then removed from the fire and immediately submerged in a bucket of water and left to cool. Hours later the charred remains were pulled out of the water and drained, then wiped down to remove most of the dirt and soot.

As you can see, the outer shell of the unit did not survive unscathed. Much of the paint is gone, and the rapid cooling and submersion left the metal warped and rusted. But it's what's inside that matters the most.

Removing the outer casing reveals the heat resistant material within. The material is semi-solid, pressed in a formed shape with channels for airflow and wiring to pass through. The outer portion of the material softened and crumbled where it was exposed to the extreme heat. The drive itself is further encased in a sealed foil packet which was cut open to remove the drive inside.

The drive appears to have made it through the ordeal without any damage whatsoever. The label, circuit board and plastic connectors appear completely intact. Just as with the original IoSafe Solo, the drive used is a standard 3" Hitachi 7200RPM SATA.

Reconnecting the drive directly to a SATA port and performing the same series of benchmarks reveals almost identical performance results to those obtained via the original testing. Furthermore, the data that had been copied to the drive was still present and accessible.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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