ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive review

Disaster-proof external hard drive that's as solid as a rock

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  • Extremely rugged
  • Exceptional build quality
  • USB 3.0
  • Choice of type and capacity
  • Data recovery service


  • Won't be for everyone

There are plenty of portable external hard drives out there that claim to be rugged. We've tested a lot of them, and they mostly do a good job of protecting your hard drive from knocks and drops, but we wouldn't trust them to protect the hard drive from large drops or being run over by cars. The ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive is another case entirely.

This is a rugged external hard drive that takes physical data protection very seriously. Its unique 'Full Metal Jacket' technology involves a case made of a solid billet of either aluminium or titanium alloy, depending on the model you choose.

This enables the drive inside (choices are up to 1TB standard hard drive or 512GB solid state drive) to be crush-resistant up to 5,000lbs, smash-proof up to 20ft drops and waterproof at depths of up to 30ft for three days, without the need of any additional equipment.

While this list is impressive enough, the ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive can also withstand being submerged in diesel, oil, hydraulic fluids and other chemicals by up to 12 inches, for one hour, without any data loss. Protection from extreme sunlight, sand, dust, rain and ice is also included, as well as altitudes up to 30,000 feet.

The casing and an included Kensington lock slot offers protection from thieves as well. For such a rugged and uncompromising case it actually looks quite nice, and is surprisingly light. USB 3.0 functionality makes this a speedy way to back up your files as well - especially if you choose a model with an SSD drive.


While many of us won't be putting our hard drives through such stressful conditions, the added protection - along with a data recovery service and warranty for one year - offers plenty of peace of mind. And if you need to store and access data in extreme conditions, then this is a highly recommended purchase.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Product FamilyExtreme Portable
Brand NameioSafe
Drive TypeExternal
Storage Capacity500 GB
Rotational Speed5000 rpm
Host InterfaceUSB 3.0
Assembly RequiredNo
Height25.4 mm
Width99.1 mm
Depth144.8 mm
Product SeriesPortable
  • USB 2.0
  • Plug n Play
ManufacturerioSafe, Inc
Product ModelPA50500U1YR
Product NameRugged Portable
Product LineExtreme
Manufacturer Part NumberPA50500U1YR
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The ioSafe Rugged Portable is the safest way to move data. Whether you need to protect data from drops during your commute or protect it from the most extreme environments on the planet, the Go-Anywhere ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive is up to the job.

Packaged Quantity1
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)453.6 g