This isn’t the type of environment that hard drives typically favor. That’s a tesla coil that can generate a million volts. And that’s IOSafe’s new rugged portable thunderbolt hard drive. The one used in the demo had dual 500 series SSDs running in RAID 1. When it goes on sale in the 2nd quarter it’ll cost 2000 dollars. Another option is the 500 GB mechanical drive for 500 dollars.

The company couples online data backup and recovery with the purchase of the drives. It will cost 99 cents per terabyte per month.

After a little electrocution Robb Moore, CEO, ioSafe, plugged the drive in and the data displayed with no issue, but that’s not always the case.

This year’s demotion follows up a trip to the gun range in 2011 where the drive survived multiple blasts from a shotgun.

At CES 2012, Nick Barber, IDG News Service.