We listed the IoSafe Rugged Portable Thunderbolt drive as part of our roundup of new Thunderbolt devices shown at CES 2012, but what we didn’t show you might be a little more shocking – this drive can withstand a one million volt electric surge!
As part of their demonstration, IoSafe loaded up their disaster-proof drive with some data files, and then placed in near a large Tesla coil to be struck by one million volts of man-made lightning. The drive was then hooked to a Thunderbolt-enabled MacBook, and the data remained intact!
The drive’s casing is made from solid metal, and the person conducting the experiment was wearing a special Faraday suit, and every last volt of electricity was grounded immediately, creating a flashy scene that put observers in awe
Personally, I’m not sure why anyone would need their drive to be able to handle getting struck by lightning…but this does speak well of the device’s ability to withstand a massive electrical surge, or perhaps an EMP attack.
CNET caught the shocking scene on tape – check it out below! The drive itself is expected to be released sometime in the second quarter. No word has been given on pricing.