The Iosafe N2 hard drive will keep your data safe, even if the drive ends up 10 feet under water, claims the company.
Here is an interesting product – an external data drive for backup that will apparently keep your data safe in the event the drive is swamped by water.
Called the Iosafe N2, the company behind the drive claims the drive will “protect from data loss” in “full immersion” up to 10 feet, for 72 hours. It also is designed to withstand fire damage, up to temperatures approximately 840 degrees Celsius for half an hour.
Adding to this, Iosafe is planning to offer a “no questions asked” data and recovery service, which means that “for any loss, no matter the reason” they will ship and attempt to recover the data, and spend up to US$2,500 per terabyte on “forensic” data recovery.
According to the Iosafe web site, this data recovery service is free for the first time, and costs after that. The fine print states: “Additional attempts beyond the first "data recovery event" will require a deductible of $500 for the second "data recovery event," $1000 for the third "data recovery event" and $2000 for the any additional "data recovery events.”
The drive will weigh more than 12Kg and on the US web site it's currently listed at US$599.99 - that's before you put any actual hard disks in it.
Here’s the catch - the N2 is not on sale yet. It’s a product in development, and Iosafe is actually asking the general public to give money towards its development. The web site states that shipping will begin January 2013, though there is no mention of the drive coming to Australia on the Iosafe Australia web site that we could find. We will keep you posted if we receive more information about this.