An adventure photographer needs a durable hard drive. That is just a fact. So when I was approached by ioSafe to test out there 1TB Aluminum Rugged Portable drive I jumped on the opportunity. I have been using a Lacie Rugged drive for years now but was intrigued by the features of the ioSafe drive such as waterproof (up to 10 feet for 3 days in fresh water or salt water) crushproof (up to 2500lbs) and the data recovery service that gives you up to $5000USD towards Data Recovery should the drive fail. Now that is standing behind your product.
I must admit I was a little concerned about the drive speed being only 5400rpm because we were going to use this drive for both Video and Photos. Being on the road full time has us using our portable HDD just like we would use my external ones at home. A test for sure.
The first surprise to me was the weight. At a little over 1lb it is a bit heavier that I would have expected. But then again this thing is made out of one piece of aluminum is pretty much bomb proof!
I love the sleekness and look of the drive and it really instills confidence that my data will be protected from the toughness of the outer case. It says it can withstand a drop of up to 10ft. So the first thing I did was drop it off the back deck onto the patio….No not really but I am sure it would survive!
Getting started with the drive is as easy as plugging it in. With the 2 interfaces you have your choice of FW800 and USB 2.0
As a Mac user I am looking forward to the release of the Thunderbolt Drive which they tested at this years CES 2012 where the zapped it with a Tesla Coil!. At the moment the iosafe product line does offer up USB 3.0 connectivity for PC users but only has the option of USB 2.0 and Firewire for Mac users.
As I transferred over my Lightroom library, the first thing I noticed was how fast it was. After using a 7200 RPM drive for the last couple of years I expected to notice quite a difference. I noticed only a little. Files transferred quickly and thumbnail processing was quite quick. But how would it manage within the program, editing images etc…Surprisingly well.
Though not as fast as my desktop External HDD, or the 7200 RPM drive I have used in the past, it was perfect for on the road. As I shoot in RAW it handled the large file sizes well. Loading and sorting images was relatively quick with only a small lag time that would be expected with any external device.
But we still had to put it to the ultimate speed test….editing video.
To let you know we shoot almost everything at full HD quality and edit with FCPX so as you can imaging I was not expecting the world from this little workhorse.
Uploading video can take forever at full resolution. But to loading our videos only took a few minutes. Not too shabby for a drive as portable as this. The real test though was to come in the rendering of titles, effects etc within FCPX. Now I am sure most people using this drive will not be editing video with it. That is usually kept for the desktop at home but for us there really is no other option. We are on the road full time and it is just not feasible to bring that with us.
So how did it perform??
Quite well for a drive speed of only 5400RPM. Of course there were some lagging issues and some time spent waiting for it to process files but for a drive I thought would be useless for video it performed above my expectations.
So would I recommend this drive? Of course. If you are traveling a lot, visiting some harsh environments or just looking for some real piece of mind for your data this drive fills all of those requirements. With a price point starting at $249 USD it would be a great addition to any file storage management system.
-It is one tough drive
-Incredible warranty and Data Recovery offer
-Drive speed- Would like the option of 7200RPM especially for video.
IoSafe offer a range of portable products to suit your needs. From the $249 aluminum 500GB all the way up to the $1999 600gb SSD with a Titanium enclosure.