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ioSafe Electrocutes Its Latest Rugged Portable Thunderbolt Drive

Each year the rugged hard drive company tries to outdo itself by attempting to destroy its hard drives

At last year's CES, ioSafe shot up its Rugged Portable hard drive with a 12-gauge, and the year before that it ran over its Solo SSD with a steamroller. Not to be outdone (by itself), this year ioSafe put on a truly electrifying performance.

ioSafe's demonstration of its newest Rugged Portable Thunderbolt (which is its Rugged Portable drive, but with a Thunderbolt port) was held a few minutes away from the CES show floor, at the Las Vegas Country Club Tennis Pavilion. ioSafe's demonstration this year involved an eight-foot-tall million-volt Tesla coil. Er…yeah.

At the beginning of the demo, we (the press) stepped into a grounded Faraday cage (to protect our fancy electronic gadgets from being zapped), and ioSafe started up the Tesla coil. ioSafe brought in the maker of this particular Tesla coil, performer Austin "Dr. Megavolt" Richards, who walked around the coil in a special suit and to demonstrate the power of raw lightning.

Dr. Megavolt held up the ioSafe Rugged Portable Thunderbolt, which had been fitted with a special grounding cap (ioSafe CEO Robb Moore says that if you plan to use your drive near a Tesla coil, he'll fit your drive with a special grounding cap as well). The Tesla coil zapped the drive, repeatedly, while we clicked and tapped our cameras away.

Moore then brought the drive out; we all stepped out of the cage, and he attempted to recover the data. The outer casing had been fried, and so Moore ended up taking the case apart to obtain the drive inside (it's always nice to see a CEO who knows their product). The process took a few minutes, but in the end the data was safe and sound.

IoSafe has yet to announce specs for the RP Thunderbolt, as the drive doesn't come out until Q2 2012. IoSafe also introduced the IoSafe Solo G3, which is fireproof (up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit for up to half an hour), waterproof (it can tolerate being submerged under 10 feet of water for up to 72 hours), and compatible with USB 3.0. The ioSafe Solo G3 also features fanless cooling.

For more blogs, stories, photos, and video from the nation's largest consumer electronics show, check out PCWorld's complete coverage of CES 2012.

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