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ioSafe Solo 1TB External Hard Drive Review

by Regan

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Our whole lives are on our computers these days. A computer crash or a disaster in the home could cause us to lose important documents, work files, music, and even worse, our family photos. I would be devastated if anything happened to my computer because all of my children’s pictures would be gone forever.

When ioSafe approached me to review their 1TB Solo external hard drive, I jumped at the chance! The ioSafe Solo is disaster proof!

Fireproof – Protects data from loss up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
Waterproof – Protects data from loss up to 10ft for 72 hours
Data Recovery Service – Up to $1000 for forensic recovery
USB 2.0 Connectivity
Mac and PC Compatible*


Before even opening the box I noticed how heavy it was! Then I opened the box and saw how sturdy it looked. It is much larger than our existing external hard drive (that is now in our fireproof box as a back up). When they say that it’s disaster-proof, I believe it! Here it is set up on our desktop. Look how big and sturdy it is:

It was very easy to load all of our files onto the ioSafe Solo. It’s as simple as drag and drop! Another feature that I like about this hard drive is that we can turn it off with a simple on/off switch on the back. We leave our computers on 24/7 and our old hard drive stayed on along with the computer. Since we only need the hard drive on when transferring data, it’s nice to be able turn it off when not in use, which is most of the time.

Overall I think this is a fantastic hard drive and I feel that our files and irreplaceable family photos are safe and secure from just about any possible disaster that could ever happen. The only thing that I wish this hard drive did was auto-update on a schedule. This is just a convenience though and to manually update it when needed is so simple that it’s really a non-issue in the grand scheme.

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 You can buy an ioSafe Solo disaster-proof external hard drive from their website for $299.99

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lizz wisniewski May 1, 2012 - 5:02 pm

My husband would love this for all of our photos!

Jenni May 1, 2012 - 5:12 pm

This would be wonderful to store photographs, family history and other important documents. It’s amazing that they include $1000 of forensic data recovery if there is a failure. Wow!

Amber S. May 1, 2012 - 5:12 pm

This is an awesome giveaway! As a military family we move a LOT and I am always scared we’re going to lose our pictures and documents. My husband and I have actually been looking into a newer & bigger external hard drive…this would be a fantastic one to have!

Jose Ramirez May 1, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Awesome product, hopping o have one in the future.

Debbie Guerrero May 1, 2012 - 7:08 pm

So excited to try out the new ioSafe Solo!! We can never have enough storage!

Shana May 1, 2012 - 11:53 pm

I would love to store all my photos! This would be great to win. thanks for the chance

Colleen Maurina May 2, 2012 - 2:17 am

I really need a good data protection system for my computer – especially for all my priceless pictures!

Christina C May 2, 2012 - 2:58 am

I really need this! Love the sleek design too!

Alan Tong May 2, 2012 - 9:03 am

I love computers and tech stuff! The ioSafe Solo would be perfect as my primary backup drive. Thanks!

Lynda Del May 2, 2012 - 10:31 am

This would be a great for our home-based business.

Eugenie May 2, 2012 - 11:50 am

An external drive would be great to back up all my photos on.

Howell May 2, 2012 - 8:59 pm

I like the ioSafe Solo because it is fireproof and waterproof.

Margaret Smith May 3, 2012 - 7:58 am

We really need one of thes iosafe solo’s. After recently getting a virus and having to dump our whole computer, we lost some vital info. I also lost photo’s that I foolishly never had backed up. This would really help us out.
Thanks so much.

Cori Westphal May 3, 2012 - 11:37 am

I lost all of my digital wedding pics due to a computer crash, so I’d love to have the peace of mind that comes with the ioSafe!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Ann Fantom May 3, 2012 - 2:48 pm

I would use the ioSafe Solo to back up my financial data, photos, videos and and iTunes music.

Ellen May 3, 2012 - 3:01 pm

I need this!

Marj McClendon May 3, 2012 - 3:58 pm

I’d love to have this to store the geneology work my Uncle did.

Andrew May 3, 2012 - 5:44 pm

The ioSafe Solo and their other products look like great ways to keep your data safe.

Kathy S May 3, 2012 - 8:52 pm

It is amazing the type of catastrophes these devices can withstand.

Kyl Neusch May 4, 2012 - 2:32 am

would be great to backup my files

Dandi D May 4, 2012 - 11:04 am

We’ve been needing to get an external hard drive, we just can’t decide what kind!

nancy May 4, 2012 - 11:16 pm

An external drive would be great to back up all my photos on since my last computer brokedown and i didnt safe any of my babies pictures were all lost:(Thanks for the chance!!!:)

Wendy May 6, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Sounds like an amazing product!! I lost many photos last year that were on my external hard drive that pooped out. 🙁

Daiva May 7, 2012 - 6:38 am

I’m always worried about loosing all the pictures and other important info, so this would give me peace of mind

Stacie S-H May 7, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

Becky Wilson May 7, 2012 - 10:21 pm

This is EXACTLY what I need!!! I’d hoped for a product like this to be made because keeping my photos and documents on the laptop always makes me nervous. And I know that saving things to a disc isn’t a long term solution. I’d LOVE to win this!!

Ashleigh E. May 7, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Would love to have this to back up both our computers!

Julie Murphy May 8, 2012 - 3:03 am

This sounds like such a good idea! It is pretty sleek looking too!

Jan Messali May 8, 2012 - 8:44 pm

This seems pretty indestructible… even waterproof!

G. Smith May 9, 2012 - 8:35 pm

You could drive a tank over this and the drive would probably survive.

Peter Rogala May 10, 2012 - 3:59 pm

With indestructibility like this I can be assured that my data would be secure.And it is compatible with various systems.

Brittany G May 11, 2012 - 11:30 am

I have been wanting an external hard drive for a long time. I have already almost maxed out my old laptop with thousands of pictures, files, and music, but I refuse to delete anything. I’m like a digital pack-rat. The ioSafe line seems perfect!

patricia skinner May 13, 2012 - 4:40 pm

My husband takes alot of photo’s to use for art. He would love this.

Rajee Pandi May 14, 2012 - 5:58 am

love its feature as Wrapped in elegant design and packed full of intense technology, the ioSafe Solo + Data Recovery Service (DRS) is a virtual fortress for your data.

Patty Lockhart-Castillo May 14, 2012 - 11:09 am

I was just reading some of the services your products provide and think that they are well needed on the market for now and future.Your insurance of lost data is another plus that lets consumers know that you back up your products 🙂

andre sinclair May 14, 2012 - 6:59 pm

this well help keep all my stuff safe if my house would burn down.

Sabrina Radke May 15, 2012 - 4:13 am

I love how sleek this looks and a TB, awesome!

Mark Kalan May 18, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Not only would I love this I NEED one! I’ve been out of work since 2006 and my 500gb external is filling up with photos

Faythe A May 19, 2012 - 8:01 pm

we have a ton of digital photos that I would die if they disappeared! Esp ones of our grandsons. I love that it is fireproof & waterproof! thanks so much for a chance.

christine jessamine May 20, 2012 - 12:17 am

i think its incredible that there is a waterproof hard drive out there, i cant count the number of times we have spilled drinks on our p.c which is right under our desk!

Deb May 20, 2012 - 11:01 am

I hope I win the IoSafe…I would love to store all my photos on there.

Heidi Foster May 20, 2012 - 11:06 am

So nice to see it’s waterproof! With 6 kids it is much needed!!! 🙂

Tegan May 20, 2012 - 8:11 pm

I have three small hard drives I would love to consolidate the info onto just one bigger drive, this would be perfect!

Tonya Dean May 20, 2012 - 10:48 pm

I have lost so much to computer crashes.


Debbie C May 21, 2012 - 12:31 am

The IO Safe is definitely the most sturdy looking external hard drive that I have seen so far. Thanks for your review.


Jill May 21, 2012 - 7:39 am

This seems like this would give me such piece of mind for all my photos. I have to say, I watch my neighbor’s house catch on fire last night and it really shocked me how fast it was burning. It wouldn’t take long for all my precious memories to disappear. Fortunately for my neighbor, the fire department got here before they lost the whole house. It was just the garage, thank goodness.

chelsea May 21, 2012 - 12:23 pm

I would love this!! I’m starting in photography and it would be wonderful to have a hard drive to backup to!

Timothy Sternberg May 21, 2012 - 5:46 pm

I would love this for all of our photos!

Robin Jones May 21, 2012 - 7:48 pm

I’d like a second backup drive so I can rotate them. You can never have too many backups!

cara May 21, 2012 - 7:53 pm

This would be great to have! It’s so convenient and it actually looks cool!

Robin Quick May 22, 2012 - 7:45 am

This would be great to have. My hard drive is ancient and really needs replaced! I love the looks of this one too!

Eileen Burke May 22, 2012 - 10:25 am

I’ve been doing some research as I need a TB drive for storage and this one keeps popping up on my top 5 list 🙂

Sonya May 22, 2012 - 12:03 pm

We need this to back up my computer! Hubby took my external hard drive to use for the kids’ computer and there’s not room on it for both backups!

Nicole Stewart Lillie May 22, 2012 - 2:26 pm

I am pretty much with every other person here- I want the security of being able to reliably back up all of the photos from the births of our children, our trips, family members who have passed, etc. And my knitting/sewing patterns 🙂

Lee Black May 22, 2012 - 8:23 pm

This would be so amazing to have! I really need something like this to back up all of our family photos, movies, music, and important files!