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The Year’s Best Portable External Hard Drives

Glyph Blackbox Plus

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Source: Pro Audio LA – Stylish in black

Blackbox Plus takes data storage into another rugged level. Purposely designed to withstand harsh beating, it is perfect for artistic professionals who indulge in a seriously active lifestyle. With HDD transfer rate up to 140 MB/s and SSD transfer rate up to 450 MB/s — its fast performance is considered to be a gem. Not only that, its structure is housed in a compact design and is future-proof. Its simple setup comes compatible with Time Machines. And while you are take your time processing the drive’s performance, its 3-year warranty has got you covered. Apart from that, it is also compatible with USB-C (3.1), USB 3.0 or 2.0, and with Thunderbolt 3.Price starts at $109.95.

Western Digital My Passport


Western Digital My Passport allows you to store enormous collections of music, photos, and videos with a large storage capacity that would take care of all your personal contents. It also applies automatic backup for your data with the WD Backup Software. Should you lose your device, your content stay untouched and private because of its 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption, and features a message that says “return-if-found”. To add up to that, this drive also has extreme durability, which is shock tolerant and offers a limited warranty of 3 years. Transfer your files and save it with ease guarded with an automatic backup. Its interface includes a compatibility with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. Storing capacities start from 1TB up to 4TB.

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC

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Source: Techradar – Rugged but reliable drive

This secure, rugged drive has a lot to offer. Starting with its features, it is resistant to shock, water and dust wrapped on a tough, pitch-black casing. Featuring a Military Standard shock protection, your data is ensured to be safe no matter what bumps or drops it might encounter along the way. Besides, you no longer need to remember your password while accessing your files; you can unlock it anytime through the power of Near Field Communication Technology (NFC technology), with a smartcard. Armed with a tough hardware 256-bit AES full data encryption, your confidential data is away from any intruder’s access if ever you lose or misplace it.

And if you do, its integrated USB cable provides a flexible connection so you can easily trace your drive. It also offers easy and reliable storage capacity with universal connectivity for Mac and PC devices.

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive

One advantage in using Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive is that it offers low price without sabotaging the drive’s whole performance. Its cost per gigabyte doesn’t take too much pain in your wallet. Its high capacity and fast speed is a perfect combination that makes this drive stand out from the rest. And with Seagate Dashboard, you can manage each file, video and photo and back them up completely. On top of that, it also provides ample space for your data storage, with capacities ranging up to 8TB. Smartly back up your photos, videos and files while taking advantage of its fast speed.

Samsung T3

It’s a rare chance to find a drive that can perfectly fit in your palm at the same time fit accurately in your standards. Weighing about 51G and wrapped in a tough elegant casing, this lightweight device can handle up to an ample capacity of 250GB up to 2TB. Though it may be small in size, it’s practically gigantic in capacity and functionality. You can connect with convenience to several devices, like Android or PCs, as it also supports strong compatibility across several operating systems.

Having a strong resistance to shock and a full AES 256-bit hardware encryption for password-protection, its metal body is durably hard to crack, and the same thing with your data. Enjoy a rapid read and write speeds that rate up to 450 MB/s and spread productivity in no time. Jump from one activity to the next while dipping in Samsung T3’s speedy and reliable performance.

OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini

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SanD Especially designed for 2.5” drives, OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini allows you to experience the best out of your data storage. Unlike other external drives, this supports intensive bandwidth activities and lets you stream high-definition 4k video for a never-ending splurge of creativity. Connect with any display, let alone a multi-media 4K display. Tested and qualified, every user is promised with a satisfying, incredible performance after undergoing a multi-hour, disciplined “burn-in”. While going through your workflow, its “flow-thru” feature covered from a heat-dispersing aluminum shell lets you operate your device in a whisper-quiet and cool manner.

It’s also backed up with a vibration-absorbing feature and provides a flexibly expansive data storage. In addition to that, the power of its 4 SSDs is a very excellent choice for users who prioritize speed with extremely large files. What’s more is that it also comes with a handy one-metered Thunderbolt cable. isk Extreme 900 Portable SSD

Seagate Expansion 5TB

Another external drive that tops in the market, this storage device offers a blazing speed as well as an easy-to-use interface. You can’t help but be impressed by its speedy data transfer and bounteous storage capacity. Store all your digital photos, music, videos and documents at an instant and stay updated with your storage content. With its convenient data storage solution, you can easily add your data storage by simply dragging and dropping file saving. Aside from that, it also provides compatibility with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. Simple and efficient, Seagate Expansion 5TB is definitely worth considering.

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive

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Source: LaCie – Unique design and connectivity

This external hard drive’s minimalist yet effective style matches its simple yet remarkable performance. Housed in a full-aluminum, sturdy design, LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive lets you connect to any available computer, all thanks to USB-C cable. With a fast speed of 5 GB/s, transfer your files as quick as possible and effortlessly manage backups. Featuring an expansive storage capacity of about 4TB, you’ll never have to sweat about where to store your present and future data. LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive is a fast, efficient and suitable device specifically designed for Mac Users.