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ioSafe is a manufacturer of disaster protected hard drives and network attached storage NAS appliances. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Auburn, California. ioSafe's storage systems are optimized for heat from fire and complete submersion in fresh or saltwater with the ability to recover data located on the disk drive inside.
ioSafe, Inc. was incorporated in 2005 by the primary inventor and CEO, Robb Moore. In response to independent research regarding data loss and catastrophic business loss from fire, flood and other natural disasters their first product (released in 2005) was the ioSafe S1, the first external hard drive to have both fire and flood protection. The ioSafe S1 hard drive was later redesigned and re-released in a dual drive RAID configuration called the S2.
In 2006 in response to enterprise business demand for a fire and flood resistant network storage, the ioSafe R4 was introduced. Shortly after this NAS appliance entered production, ioSafe was granted and published patents in May 2007 for their FloSafe (fireproof) and HydroSafe (waterproof) technology.
July 2008 brought forth the world’s first disaster protected internal hard drive with the 3.5 Pilot and 3.5 Squadron drives. These 3.5” form factor disk drives are used in computers, desktops and servers which allow improved disaster recovery and less risk of data loss. Partnered with global leader Fujitsu, the 3.5 inch form factor hard drive from ioSafe has allowed for more applications of the ioSafe technology to improve data recovery and reduce risk from disaster.
- 2004 — ioSafe builds industry's first fire and flood protected external hard drive.
- 2005 — ioSafe incorporates in the State of California.
- April 2006 — Awarded Golden Mousetrap Award by Design News magazine.
- November 2006 — First to engineer and market a Network Attached Storage system with shock-protection, fire protection and water submersion protection, ioSafe R4.
- May 2007 — Patents granted and published for protecting active electronic devices inside a fire safe.
- November 2007 — Patents granted and published for protecting active electronics from water
- July 2008 — First to engineer and market a 3.5” internal hard drive with integrated disaster protection.
- January 2009 — First to market a 1.5 TB disaster protected external hard drive, ioSafe Solo.
- January 2010— First to market a disaster protected external solid state drive, ioSafe Solo SSD.
- January 2011— Introduces world's first disaster protected portable hard drive, ioSafe Rugged Portable
- January 2012— Introduces world's first disaster protected Thunderbolt (interface), ioSafe Rugged Portable SSD, with Intel
ioSafe Solo G3
The Solo G3 is a fire and water-resistant desktop external hard drive that protects data from loss up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour per ASTM E119 and is waterproof to 10ft for 72 hours. The Solo G3 has a USB 3.0 interface and is the company’s first fan-less hard drive.
ioSafe Rugged Portable
The Rugged Portable is a portable hard drive that provides protection from drops of up to 10’ per MIL-STD-810G Method 516.5, during periods of immersion in diesel fuel, oils, hydraulic fluids and aircraft fuels to a 12' depth for 1 hour per MIL-STD-810G Method 504 and from crushes of up to 2,500 lbs. The Rugged Portable also protects data from continuous exposure to UV, blowing sand, blowing dust, rain, salt fog, icing or freezing rain for up 24 hours.
ioSafe’s N2 is a network attached storage appliance that protects data from loss up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour per ASTM E119 and is waterproof to 10ft for 72 hours. The N2 is a tower embedded NAS appliance with two bays for hard drives utilizes the functions of file sharing, RAID storage, backup, multimedia streaming and virtual storage. The N2 runs the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS and is provided with free mobile applications for its users, such as iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone.
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- ioSafe Hard Drive website
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- ASTM E119 Fire Testing Standard
- Fujitsu News Release
- Western Fire Center, Independent Test Facility
- PC Magazine Discussion
- CNET News