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Storing drives in a fire/water-proof safe


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Simple answer, don't do it.

One of my friends mentioned that he was looking at fire/water-proof safes for drive storage. This is the model he was considering:

http://www.firstalert.com/8-products/1019-1-3-cu-ft-combination-waterproof-fire-resistant-safe-with-ready-seal-technology

 

The specs state:

'The safe has been tested by an independent testing lab and verified to protect electronic media including memory sticks; CD’s; DVD’s and external hard drives. In addition; the safe will protect documents; electronics; and other valuables.'

'The 1.3 cu. ft. Combination Waterproof Fire Resistant Safe is UL classified for one hour to withstand an external temperature of 1700° F while maintaining an internal temperature of less than 350° F.'

 

The issue I have with this is, 350F is well past the non-operating temp of disk drives. Most are rated up to 70C/158F:

http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/nas-fam/nas-hdd/en-us/docs/nas-hdd-ds1789-3-1409us.pdf

SSD and USB drives are generally rated up to 85C:

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4687/~/sandisk-cards-environmental-tolerance-(waterproof,-temperature,-magnetic-and

 

I would like to see someone test a fire safe inside of a fire/water proof safe. Something like this inside of the safe listed above:

http://www.firstalert.com/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=item&id=1026

I would assume if the bigger safe can keep the temp down to 350F, then the small safe should be able to keep the temp below 150F.

 
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I gave up on that idea last year after some research.  I wanted one I could store small valuables in, as well as drives.  It also had to be something that couldn't be easily stolen (i.e. bolted to a concrete floor or wall from the inside).

 

It got way too expensive very quickly, and I abandoned the concept in favor of bank-deposit-box for the valuables and cloud storage for the data.

 

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I think the biggest problem for HDDs is the plastic parts in them. Most of these parts are thermoplastics, and they don't take kindly to higher temps.

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Can the cloud catch on fire?

 

I thought it was all water vapour (vapor for those in USA) and would thus be fireproof.

 

:lol:

 

Some of the newer visitors might like to see Dave's video testing the ioSafe 5 years ago.

 

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