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Hard drive withstands shotgun blasts

CES: Six blasts couldn't destroy data inside

ioSafe's Rugged Portable hard drive launched at the Consumer Electronics Show this week withstood drops, submersion and even blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun.

"It has a full metal jacket and it is machined out of a solid billet of aluminium," ioSafe CEO Robb Moore said.

Watch a video of the shootout on PC Advisor TV.

The drive ranges in size from 250GB to 1TB and is priced starting at $150 in the US.

The case is waterproof and can protect the data for up to three days in salt or fresh water at a depth of 10 feet, or 30 feet in the case of the titanium SSD version. The aluminium drive can withstand drops from 10 feet and the titanium from 20 feet.

But the most impressive demonstration of the drive's durability was at a Las Vegas gun range where data was recovered after the drive was shot with six blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun. The outer case was peppered with buckshot but there was no loss of data. Moore never claimed the drive could withstand gun blasts, but said the demonstration was a fun way to show its durability.

From the arsenal then came an M16 automatic rifle capable of firing six rounds per second. One shot grazed the case, blowing off the back plate of the drive. If it had hit the centre of the drive it would have been destroyed, but because it hit only the side the photos Moore had loaded earlier could still be viewed.

The rugged drive has USB 3.0 and FireWire connections. Any model purchased comes with one year of data recovery service. Three years costs $50 and five years costs $100. The service includes data recovery even in cases of accidental deletion, according to ioSafe.

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