Everyone has a PC or Mac nowadays, laptops and tablets are extremely popular as well. We use it for work and for private matters. So naturally, we end up collecting an important and sensible data on our devises. This digital information becomes increasingly substantial and valuable as time goes on. So now you may wonder – if it is possible to secure your hard drive or a flesh-drive just like cash, documents or jewelry in a safe. The answer is YES.
A PROPER fireproof safe will protect your hard drive, USB flash drives and card memories in case of a house fire. You just need to use a specific model that provides the necessary level of protection. We are talking about UL Class 125 rated safes. Let’s see which fireproof products will shield your hard drives against fire.
Why UL Class 125 and what does this rating mean anyway? A certified Class 125 rating guarantees that the temperature within the inside container where all your valuables are will not exceed 125°F (52°C) for a certain length of time. The exact time depends on the specific model. There are three Ul Class 125 models: 1- hour, 2-hours and 3-hours. Number of hours indicated for how long the safe will protect its contents.
Why 125°F (52°C) is so important? Because 125° is the temperature, which digital media cannot survive without being destroyed.
UL in the rating stands for Underwriters Laboratories. (a non-profit organization that tests numerous products to ensure they perform to a certain standard)
Keep in mind that Ul Class 125 1- hour and 2-hour models will do their job only if the external temperature does not rise above 1700°F (927°C). 3-hour variation on the other hand is designed to withstand 1925° F (1052°C) external temperature. Which makes it the most reliable and secure model. At the same time average house fire temperature usually does not go higher than 1200°F.
In case of digital valuables like hard drive, USB flash-drives, CDs etc. we also suggest using waterproof safes. You don’t want your precious contents survive the fir only to get ruined by water from fire fighter team. Fortunately, most high quality safes do combine these two features together.
You can definitely use and rely on a proper certified safes to protect your important data stored on hard drives and other carriers. Just be sure to check the specifications and choose a reliable manufacturer with proven resume.