The IoSafe Solo 1 TB Fireproof and Waterproof External Hard Drive took a brutal beating by Maximum PC magazine. The hard-drive claimes to be fireproof and waterproof, so they set it on fire and then dunked it in a bucket of water. After that, they took the drive back inside and plugged it in to their computer and all the files were completely intact.
The one they tested was USB 3.0, but I could only find USB 2.0 on Amazon at the time of this post…but still with the same fire/water claims, as well as a one or three-year data recovery service (where they claim that if you can’t get your data off the drive, they can).
At first it appears as if the casing provides the defense, but the guts are where the protection exists. It’s wrapped in what appears to be a fireproof/waterproof bag. Regardless, it works. I would, however, question my working environment if I needed a drive to be able to survive all of that 🙂