Wednesday, November 14th 2007

Sentry Group Partners With Maxtor on FIRE-SAFE Waterproof HDDs

Sentry Group, leader in residential and small office security-storage containers, has partnered with Maxtor Storage Solutions to develop what is the first hard drive in the world that keeps your data protected from fire and water disasters at an affordable price. The FIRE-SAFE/Waterproof Hard Drives feature the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini hard drive inside a Sentry Safe enclosure that protects data from fire and water. It is ETL verified for fire protection for 30 minutes up to 1550 degrees F and ETL verified waterproof - meaning it is fully submersible for up to 24 hours. The FIRE-SAFE/Waterproof Hard Drives also contain a full suite of software protection tools, including data encryption and Maxtor's SafetyDrill software, a new bare metal system restore feature. These new hard drives will come in 80GB and 160GB solutions, retailing for $259.99 and $319.99 respectively.

Source: PR Newswire
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13 Comments on Sentry Group Partners With Maxtor on FIRE-SAFE Waterproof HDDs

#1
Eric3988
Do they have any versions that come with 80mm cannons on them for some offensive capability? It seems like it has enough defense...
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#2
lemonadesoda
LOL.

But to be coffee-spill safe this is great. What would also be nice is to be able to survive a drop off a desk. (Approx 1 m). Although that is probably the MORE LIKELY route to data loss, I doubt that the device would handle that one. HDD as so sensitive to knocks and drops.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Aside from some military applications, I really see no consumer use for this.
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#4
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
by: WarEagleAU
Aside from some military applications, I really see no consumer use for this.
What if you have a home office, or put your family photos on it. If the house ever burned down your stuff would still be safe.


I would like to see Wiz do a review over one.
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#5
Ripper3
I could imagine using it, like lemonadesoda said, coffe-proof, is great, then when you do spill some coffee on it, just wash it under the tap :P so it doesn't get all sticky (licking it clean might work too)
If they were to put some SSDs inside it, that would make it basically completely shock proof too, since they don't have moving parts anyhow.

What I am worried about is air flow, as just how hot would the HDD get under normal operation?
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#6
KennyT772
Looks like its a heatsink style casing. Aluminum draws the heat away from the drive.
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#7
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Next up....Maxtor introduces a drive with Radar, chaff, air to air/air to surface missiles & a tiny afterburner that helps the drive accelerate out of harms way.

Nobody will ever be able to steal your data again! not with Maxtors comprehensive software bundle which converts the Maxtor external into a mini SAM launcher to take unsuspecting burglars or even the neighbors cat!!

P.S. radar jamming kit & battries sold separately

(mini motto)

Maxtor! because your office is your battlefield!!!
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#8
Ravenas
Lol, unbreakable flash drives and waterproof HDDs...What are people doing with their storage devices???
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#9
yogurt_21
by: DaMulta
What if you have a home office, or put your family photos on it. If the house ever burned down your stuff would still be safe.


I would like to see Wiz do a review over one.
exactly my house DID burn down in december and it wasn't the flames that got my uncles backup, ( pro photogropher kept in in our house just in case his had a disaster) it was the water from the fire trucks.
Theres plenty of consumer value in these things, the only problem is that theres not enough room for a real backup, get it up to at least 500gb or 1tb and then we're taking. doesn't matter idf it's 500$, it'd be well worth it for my uncle and all other private photogrophers, not to mention small business owners (of which there are millions)
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#10
erocker
The platters on a HDD are completely sealed in the drives aluminum housing already. If you really need the info that badly there are ways of getting the info off the platters themselves. But I suppose it is easier to not have to do that. It's a waste of money imo.
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#11
erocker
by: yogurt_21
exactly my house DID burn down in december and it wasn't the flames that got my uncles backup, ( pro photogropher kept in in our house just in case his had a disaster) it was the water from the fire trucks.
Theres plenty of consumer value in these things, the only problem is that theres not enough room for a real backup, get it up to at least 500gb or 1tb and then we're taking. doesn't matter idf it's 500$, it'd be well worth it for my uncle and all other private photogrophers, not to mention small business owners (of which there are millions)
I stand corrected. I was speaking more personally.
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#12
Steevo
The other point to these is a fire that is hot enough to destroy your tower will cause the data on your disk to become corrupt, rendering a clean room unable to salvage any thing.



If the cord integrated and fireproof?
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#13
Darkrealms
by: yogurt_21
exactly my house DID burn down in december and it wasn't the flames that got my uncles backup, ( pro photogropher kept in in our house just in case his had a disaster) it was the water from the fire trucks.
Theres plenty of consumer value in these things, the only problem is that theres not enough room for a real backup, get it up to at least 500gb or 1tb and then we're taking. doesn't matter idf it's 500$, it'd be well worth it for my uncle and all other private photogrophers, not to mention small business owners (of which there are millions)
I agree, I think it would even be a good idea for a business. I'd love to have a 1TB version onsite with SSDs in it. It would be the best onsite protection in my opinion. It would be worth the probable $800 price tag. NAS' are great but most of them can't withstand much.
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