Fire and Flood Proof Your Storage

by Alex Kuretz on January 19, 2009 · 5 comments

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One topic that frequently comes up in regards to the Home Server is what should you do in order to protect your important data from in-home disasters such as theft, fire, and flood? The typical scenario is to use some form of Online Backup to store your most critical information off-site, which HP has made more easily available with the Amazon S3 feature of the new EX485 and EX487 MediaSmart Servers.


Coming out of CES this year is another solution: the ioSafe Solo, which claims to be fireproof to 1550 degrees F for 30 minutes and waterproof to 10 feet in depth for 3 days. While this won’t protect you from theft, it can add some peace of mind about further protecting your family photos. The Solo utilizes a USB 2.0 interface, offers 1.5TB of storage, includes a 3-year warranty as well as disaster recovery service, all for $349 (currently available for an introductory price of $299).

Is this something you’d find valuable?

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


MichaelR January 19, 2009 at 6:29 am

Great product. I took the time to watch some ioSafe reviews on YouTube and there is actually a security cable lock on the Solo hard drive. Looks like it would allow it to be bolted to the floor or use one of those ‘laptop cables’ for security. I think if you are using this as the BACKUP device it’s a no brainer and worth the few extra dollars for fire and flood protection. Given the choice of all the external USB devices out there, the Solo actually does add some value (especially if you are a homeowner that is paying fire insurance premiums).

That being said, you should still have RAID in your primary storage device. We all know that hard drives crash.

JohnBick January 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

For $350 I can get two drives that I can store off-site. That seems preferable to me.

Now if that price were $150 I might feel differently.

Jim Collison January 21, 2009 at 8:06 am

Love the idea. Price is not as much as a concern. Now if it was over $500, I think I might have some issues. Thinking I would use this in remote locations where I might not be able to get out to it but once a month to change external drives and the data is changing on the server daily.

Don Martin February 3, 2009 at 9:29 pm

What a great product. I will have to get me one. Swapping drives and moving them off site is not practical for most homes and small offices and this seems like the ideal solution. One drive is sufficient for my needs but I’m sure others will want more capacity.

Alex Kuretz February 4, 2009 at 12:14 am

Don, I found it interesting too, for the reason you state. There are some that have an easy situation to take manual backups to drives and locate them offsite, but to me that would be a hindrance and I’d likely not keep up with the backups like I should.

Let us know if you end up getting one!

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