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Watch Us Shoot at an SSD With a Shotgun & Rifle

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • jerreece
    Fun to watch! LOL You can tell you folks are computer geeks and not gun nuts though. ;)
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  • Soul_keeper
    That guy was touching Jane a lot.
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  • Marcus Yam
    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?
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  • gmarsack
    That's okay Marcus, Hockey > Skeet Shooting any day of the week. GO WINGS!
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  • Parrdacc
    Oh yeah, geeks and guns. Well more geek then gun, what with the bad stance and grip. Still neat to see.
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  • greenrider02
    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...
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  • Marcus Yam
    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.)
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  • g00fysmiley
    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 >_<
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  • galeciofamily0405
    I knew Jane was a hottie but damn what a lucky gun lol!
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  • mtyermom
    Jane handling an automatic rifle.... /swoon
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