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ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

  • Fanless FloSafe Vent Design for near silent operation
  • Fireproof - Protects data from loss up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
  • Waterproof - Protects data from loss up to 10ft for 72 hours
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Peter S.
  • 4/17/2015 7:59:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: I've had a SOLO 2TB since 2010 and it's worked just as I'd hoped. After starting digitizing photos, vinyl audio records, capturing home video and 8mm film, I've run out of internal storage capacity and started using the backup drive for primary storage. That seriously affected my backup capacity. Adding the 3TB drive solves my problems. Expanding the old Windows 7 PC with a 2 port USB 3.0 PCI card was cheap and easy. So now I've got faster backup speed.

The drive firmware worked with XP, but not 7, Windows Backup And Restore. ioSafe Support changed the firmware over a remote session and now it just works for Windows 7. It made me happy. Support was professional and fast.

Cons: The installation instructions fail to mention that the drive needs to be formatted before it can be mounted on the system. I know this, I've had to do it before, but the reminder should be given.

Other Thoughts: Very pleased to have a fireproof/waterproof, rugged, fast, large capacity, affordable SINGLE media for unattended backups. The days of sporadic backups using tens of IOMEGA microfloppies or DVDs are long gone.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/6/2015 2:54:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCrashed after 1.5 years

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: Solid, might help in fire/flood, etc assuming it doesn't crash before one of those things happens.

Cons: I used this mainly for backup. It crashed recently, wasn't able to recover the non-backup data I happened to have on there. I shouldn't have kept non-backup data on this so that's my fault. I didn't pay the extra for data recovery so I'm out of luck. Support was unable to help as it was out of warranty, again my fault for not buying extra protection. I didn't completely consider the possibility of this thing crashing in 1.5 years.

Other Thoughts: I question the quality of hard drives they put in the units. I've rarely had a hard drive fail, much less one that ultimately cost me $500 that has sat in a temp/humidity stable office, untouched since I purchased.

My advice is to ONLY use this for a backup device only and don't rely on it for a primary storage of ANY data (which I shouldn't have done, my fault). Even though it's my fault I lost some data, my rating still stands where it should as it should have lasted longer under normal operating conditions.

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  • Jeffrey G.
  • 10/27/2014 7:44:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Drive

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: Easy Setup, Nice Design, Working well with Windows Server 2012 Backup

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Purchased this device for a small office who wanted to protect their user data. Configured to use with Windows Server 2012 backup software. Runs nightly with no issues.

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  • Angela M.
  • 9/15/2014 1:13:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsDoesn't Work With SBS/Servers

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: Solid drives generally, have used other ioSafe Solo models for years without issues.

Cons: Doesn't work with SBS or other servers. I have used past models of these drives to backup up Windows Servers without issue, supported or not. However, backups will not run correctly with this model, and as noted by another reviewer, if you contact ioSafe for support, they will just tell you they don't support server backups. It's pretty frustrating, as this is an expensive drive for home use, most people that I know that are using these have them in a business environment.

Other Thoughts: ioSafe should really take some time to resolve the server issues. Whether they realize it or not, businesses with servers undoubtedly make up a decent segment of the market for their products.

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  • Daniel R.
  • 6/10/2014 6:15:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsioSafe Solo G3 3TB

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: This backup hardrive has already saved me countless hours by providing a safe and secure backup for my data. I used their older ioSafe Solo 2TB external hardrive for more than a year and really liked the product. This newer G3 version provides much better data transfer speeds being that it utilizes USB 3.0. I had something go wrong with the interface on the older model I owned. So they upgraded me to this newer and larger storage model. Seriously can not complain about that. IoSafe's customer service is one of the best customer service centers I have dealt with. They were quick to respond, professional, and more than willing to help me get up and running again. The free return shipping on an item of this weight is another big plus.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: IoSafe's customer service is one of the best customer service centers I have dealt with. They were quick to respond, professional, and more than willing to help me get up and running again. The free return shipping on an item of this weight is another big plus.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/20/2014 5:42:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReally fast restores

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: Really like the restore speed. Our customers really like the device, makes them feel very well protected. Looks sharp sitting next to the server. Appreciate the eSata/USB choice. Works great with SBS 2011.

Cons: None

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  • ERIKA O.
  • 1/7/2014 4:59:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood Backup - Will work with Moderate Server Usage!

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: Solid, Great onsite backup with disaster protection, Awesome Tech Support.

Cons: 4K drive, Wish it was a 2 drive system (Raid) for the price.

Other Thoughts: I recently purchased this external drive to be used as a weekly backup solution for a client. The disaster protection was a major plus for my client. My client has 5 workstations backing up to a server and we had outgrown our server's backup solution. The server is running MS Server 2008 R2 like most small offices nowadays. I ran into a big problem with the sector size on the new system. 4K drives (2.2TB+) are NOT compatible with MS server 2008. Symantec backup exec and windows server backup would generate I/O errors upon backing up! This was on me to fix and IOSafe came thru for me! The device is not recommended for servers on the company website but is not advertised that way on Newegg. The company has had the forsight to have a firmware update for the drive that will re-sector the drive to use 512E sectors which Win7/Server 2008 can backup to. They still don't recommend it as a server backup but we only backup weekly as the amount of data generated is not huge. The guys in the tech support department were solid. The firmware upgrade was a breeze and my client and I are ecstatic! Only major con is I wish it was a 2 drive array in raid for redundancy.

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  • Ed A.
  • 12/31/2013 10:54:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWARNING -- device not rated for servers!

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: Nice, solid device. Worked as advertised, until we started getting errors on backup.

Cons: Started getting I/O errors after about 10 mos. connected to our 2003 server running Symantec BU exec. Upon investigation, IoSafe informed us that these devices are not rated for use on servers. IoSafe clearly indicate this on their website; however, we bought through Newegg, and there was no indication of this limitation in Newegg's listed product specs. I should have done more homework but hadn't run up against this limitation before.

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  • Justin M.
  • 12/18/2013 4:37:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drives!

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: Great looks, improved activity LED over older design, best data protection you can buy. I've have a few of the older versions, and they all work perfectly still.

Cons: I suppose size could be a con, but not really when you consider the protection afforded.

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  • Justin M.
  • 12/17/2013 12:21:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drives

This review is from: ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB

Pros: Quiet, fire and water proof. Look great. Nice activity light. I have uses these IoSafe drives for years and love them.

Cons: Size I suppose, but not really an issue as they look good and give you the best data protection.

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