ioSafe 500GB Rugged Portable Hard Drive Review

Usage & Testing
I’m sure what everyone wants to see is us torture test this drive, and that is what we did! We ran over it with a car, put it under water and even threw it down some steps!  Check out the video below to see the action.

Now that we know the drive can take a beating, let’s go ahead and see what the speeds are like!  We tested the drive on both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 speeds with HD Tune Pro.  Here are the results.


As you can see pretty good, although not the best.  ioSafe is using a 5400RPM drive, the Seagate ST9500325AS to be exact.  If they would have used a faster 7200RPM drive we would have seen even better results.

I also decided to run HD Tune’s File Benchmark.  It is split into 2 parts, the first file benchmark tests a file size (500MB for our test) and gives you sequential read and write speeds.  It also gives you IOPS for 4KB random single and 4K random multi.  The second file benchmark tests different transfer speeds over specific file lengths.  Below are the results from the tests at both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 speeds.

USB 3.0

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USB 2.0

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