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Watch Us Shoot at an SSD With a Shotgun & Rifle

By , Jane McEntegart - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 3 comments

Pew pew pew.

CES is normally a place where companies show off their latest products on the show floor for people to just look at. Storage company ioSafe wanted us to see just how tough its "disaster proof hardware" really is and invited us off to American Shooters in Las Vegas to take a shotgun and an automatic rifle to one of its Rugged Portable SSDs. (Check out Jane's picture post on our experience at the range.)

ioSafe's Rugged Portable SSD has the following feature points:

  • Crush protection up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Drop protection up to 20'
  • Immersion protection up to 30' for 3 days
  • USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and FireWire
  • Data Recovery Service up to $5,000
  • World's best warranty
  • Works with Macs and PCs

While ioSafe never makes any claims about being bulletproof, the company set up a special opportunity for us to shoot up drives ourselves. Check out the first demonstration of it below, then click through to the other videos to see more – including one of Jane shooting an automatic rifle.

The drive survives pressure, water, and a shotgun shot. Watch the presentation from ioSafe CEO Robb Moore below:

This guy was hilarious and we were lucky to have him in our session:

And this is how the drive faired after taking 7 shots from the Remington 870 12 gauge birdshot. The bridge failed after repeated hits, but the Intel X25-V was still fully operational!

This is Jane taking the very first shots from the full-auto M6A1. She's from Ireland where guns are illegal, but this was Vegas, baby.

The guy who was handling the safety and gun handling at the range told me to pretend that it was just like playing Call of Duty. Interestingly enough, the advice helped and I managed to land a shot on the drive, which appeared to knock out some part of the memory (but not the NAND itself), as the controller was still showing itself when plugged into the MacBook Pro.

Needless to say, this was the most fun we had at CES.

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    Skiddywinks , 14 January 2011 05:25
    I never knew Jane was hot. Or Irish.
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    mi1ez , 14 January 2011 14:15
    I did. Well, not the Irish bit...

    I still don't understand why we should be interested in people shooting storage media...
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    superhans , 15 January 2011 03:15
    mi1ezI did. Well, not the Irish bit...I still don't understand why we should be interested in people shooting storage media...

    Not interested in "people" shooting storage media...

    Interested in JANE + GUNS = GOOD TIMES BABY!!!!!11