mention last November that USB 3.0 and eSATA were both sorely missing from ioSafe's Solo hard drive, and lo and behold, the company seems to have answered our prayers directly. The SoloPRO -- which purports to be just as outrageously rugged as the original -- is the company's fastest rugged external HDD, offering up USB 3.0 and eSATA / USB 2.0 connections. There's also full support for Windows and Linux servers as well as any desktop OS, and ioSafe will be shipping these in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities. Still concerned about toughness? Fret not -- both the USB 3.0 and eSATA versions of the SoloPRO can withstand temperatures up to 1550° F for 30 minutes or being submerged to a depth of 10 feet for up to 3 days, and there's even a heat-resistant paint option for those who prefer to run their server rooms under the Moroccan sun. As for pricing? Expect 'em to run $249.99, $319.99 and $419.99 in order of mention, buster.
ioSafe® Announces the SoloPRO: Its Fastest Rugged External Hard Drive
The ioSafe® SoloPRO is available in high-performance USB 3.0 and eSATA versions, providing
users with an unprecedented combination of speed and physical security.
AUBURN, Calif., August 18, 2010 -- ioSafe today announced the availability of the SoloPRO.
The SoloPRO is the business-class edition of the award-winning Solo external hard drive and is
available in USB 3.0 and eSATA/USB 2.0 formats, providing full support for Windows, Linux
servers, and desktop operating systems.
SoloPRO features include:
Fast transfer speeds over 100 MB/s - 3 to 4 times faster than typical USB 2.0 speeds. One
TB of data can be backed up to a SoloPRO in a couple of hours versus 10+ hours with
USB 2.0 or several months online at normal speeds.
Available in 1 TB, 1.5 TB and 2 TB capacities.
Rugged disaster proof design. Both the USB 3.0 and eSATA versions of the SoloPRO
protect against data loss in temperatures up to 1550° F for 30 minutes per ASTM E119 or
being submerged to a depth of 10 feet for up to 3 days.
Advanced Replacement Service. Replacement products under warranty will be shipped
out in advance with proper packaging and return shipping pre-paid. The end user simply
uses the packaging to ship the original unit back to the factory.
12 months Data Recovery Service Standard. Up to $2,500.00 towards the cost of third-
party forensic data recovery, one time, for any reason including accidental deletion, hard
drive failure, fires, floods, etc. Upgradeable to 3 or 5 years for $49 or $99 respectively.
Heat-resistant paint option. Bright emergency orange colored coating to help make the
SoloPRO easy to recover in a post-disaster environment.
"Both homes and businesses need to store ever-increasing volumes of data quickly without
worrying about data loss. ioSafe has always been about safely and securely storing data locally
and now with its introduction of USB 3.0 and eSATA, homes and businesses can accomplish
that more quickly than ever before ," said Jerome Wendt, an expert in data storage who serves as
the Principal and Lead Analyst at DCIG.
Martin A. Regtien, Editor-in-Chief of Digital Reviews Network, tested the SoloPRO and said,
"Based on the ioSafe SoloPRO USB 3.0 strengths – in this case its literal strengths of being
fireproof, waterproof - plus its value for money, we have no option but to award it our highest
commendation: our Editor's Choice Award."
ioSafe CEO Robb Moore added, "The new SoloPRO provides industry-leading performance and
physical security as well as plug-and-play simplicity. Additionally, the new interfaces and
upgraded Data Recovery Services make the SoloPRO a logical choice for disaster protection in
home office and business environments."
The USB 3.0 Solo is compatible with USB 2.0. Users without USB 3.0 who wish to upgrade can
easily do so by adding a USB 3.0 PCI Express card to their system.
Pricing and availability
Priced at $249.99 for the 1 TB model, $319.99 for the 1.5 TB model and $419.99 for the 2 TB
model, the SoloPRO will be available September 1, 2010 via the ioSafe website, resellers and
Like an aircraft black box for data, ioSafe provides rugged, fireproof, waterproof hardware and
disaster recovery services as a cost-effective way for corporations and consumers alike to protect
their irreplaceable data. ioSafe is a privately held company with headquarters in Auburn, Calif.
For more information, please visit www.iosafe.com .