Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Watch Us Shoot at an SSD With a Shotgun & Rifle

By , Jane McEntegart - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 65 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:

Shooting ioSafe SSDs With a 12 Gauge Shotgun

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

Shotgun to the ioSafe SSD

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!

Data Survives 7 Shotgun Blasts

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.

Jane LOVES GUNS!

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.

Display 65 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 1 Hide
    jerreece , January 12, 2011 3:52 PM
    Fun to watch! LOL You can tell you folks are computer geeks and not gun nuts though. ;) 
  • 5 Hide
    Soul_keeper , January 12, 2011 3:55 PM
    That guy was touching Jane a lot.
  • 3 Hide
    Marcus Yam , January 12, 2011 3:56 PM
    jerreeceFun to watch! LOL You can tell you folks are computer geeks and not gun nuts though.

    Yep. While guns are legal from where I come, my country's savvy to violent things are usually confined to things that happen on the ice with sticks and pucks.

    I did manage to destroy the drive though with the rifle, though, so that counts for something, right?
  • 2 Hide
    gmarsack , January 12, 2011 4:01 PM
    That's okay Marcus, Hockey > Skeet Shooting any day of the week. GO WINGS!
  • 0 Hide
    Parrdacc , January 12, 2011 4:01 PM
    Oh yeah, geeks and guns. Well more geek then gun, what with the bad stance and grip. Still neat to see.
  • -4 Hide
    greenrider02 , January 12, 2011 4:06 PM
    He seriously said to pretend it was COD? And it helped? We seriously need to consider the fact the the first person shooter and real time strategy games are subconsciously training the World's youth...
  • 0 Hide
    Marcus Yam , January 12, 2011 4:16 PM
    greenrider02He seriously said to pretend it was COD? And it helped? We seriously need to consider the fact the the first person shooter and real time strategy games are subconsciously training the World's youth...

    Well, that's not entirely true. He did say "just like Call of Duty" and that made me laugh a little since I made the same connection you just did. But heck, I hit it on the first shot after that... so who knows?

    Now if only WoW could teach me how to cast some spells, or farm some gold... or something...

    (Note: I've never played any amount of WoW in my life, and only a minimal amount of CoD: Modern Warfare.)
  • 1 Hide
    g00fysmiley , January 12, 2011 4:40 PM
    hey marcus i learned one spell from wow... dstract, used it about 3 years ago in the mall saw my ex (annoying very talkative) threw my large taco bell cup with ice and soda at a wall to the side everybody looked where it landed and i was able to slip into a store undetected ... does that count as learning a spell... not as cool or useful as fire or icebolts but avoiding annoyances is always good

    also looks like you guys had fun... just hope they don't let crashman around them weapons >_<
  • 3 Hide
    galeciofamily0405 , January 12, 2011 4:41 PM
    I knew Jane was a hottie but damn what a lucky gun lol!
  • 3 Hide
    mtyermom , January 12, 2011 4:46 PM
    Jane handling an automatic rifle.... /swoon
  • 0 Hide
    jazn1337 , January 12, 2011 4:51 PM
    Isn't that actually an M4A1?
  • 4 Hide
    JMcEntegart , January 12, 2011 4:54 PM
    I WAS SO AFRAID!

    Really, notice how I handed it back after about two seconds and said, "Here, someone else have a turn." Guns are scary! Until I learn to overcome my fear, I will be but a dead weight during any and all zombie apocalypses.
  • 2 Hide
    Parrdacc , January 12, 2011 4:59 PM
    JMcEntegartI WAS SO AFRAID!Really, notice how I handed it back after about two seconds and said, "Here, someone else have a turn." Guns are scary! Until I learn to overcome my fear, I will be but a dead weight during any and all zombie apocalypses.


    Curious what scared you? Most non-gun types when they actually fire a weapon they can point to one specific thing that scared them initially. In my exp. they all say that it was the sound the gun made. Even with the ear protection, if your used to only hearing what a gun sounds like in movies or t.v. that can be a little bit unnerving.
  • 1 Hide
    sirmorluk , January 12, 2011 5:02 PM
    Jane rocks!! Take some classes Jane you'll get over it.
  • 0 Hide
    douglaskuntz , January 12, 2011 5:16 PM
    jazn1337Isn't that actually an M4A1?

    Well, it could be the M6A1... http://www.lwrci.com/p-109-m6a1.aspx
  • -2 Hide
    stingstang , January 12, 2011 5:26 PM
    An article so nice, they posted it twice.
  • 1 Hide
    robwright , January 12, 2011 5:28 PM
    So, so, so jealous I missed this. Oh well, maybe next year...
  • -7 Hide
    CoryInJapan , January 12, 2011 5:32 PM
    Awesome way of helping put that money spent on the ammunition..and SSD's to good use...yea right...I like how this helps fight world hunger and disease...disaster relief....Funding schools...Helping the broken world wide economy...Great job...You make us proud to be americans.
  • 0 Hide
    theuerkorn , January 12, 2011 5:50 PM
    ... and all the boy sure viewed Jane's video more than once. Cute, for sure, but c'mon. How many ways to destroy stuff need to be posted? And now even TH is doing it. Gosh.
  • 0 Hide
    feeddagoat , January 12, 2011 5:50 PM
    Guns are illegal in Ireland......*shuffles nervously*

    In seriousness not quite illegal, you just need to have a licence and a locked gun case by law.
Display more comments