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Friday, December 2, 2011

Best Portable External Hard Drives

Today portable hard drives pack greater capacities into small devices. This unsung hero of the gadget world can be found on almost any geek’s desk, usually tucked away behind a monitor or stuffed in a drawer. These are light and powered by the data transfer bus, so no additional power supply is needed. They are the ideal solution for carrying around large amounts of data.


But it's not all about small form factor. Yet it is of great importance, as it is often used to back up critical data or store a library of music, videos and photos. There are plenty of drives available out in the market here are the best 5 portable external hard drives.

Western Digital Elements Desktop

Western Digital Elements external hard drive is an easy-to-use, reliable way to add more storage to your PC or Mac. Simply plug it in to a USB port and start saving or backing up your photos, music, video, and files. It is preformatted for immediate use so there is no software or CD to load. It is designed for use with Windows-based computers and it can be easily reformatted for use with Macs. The compact, durable metal case provides extra data protection helping keep data safe from loss.


This external hard drive is equipped with a high performance with the transfer speed from 28MB per second to 38MB per second. This is because it operates at 7200RPM, so it is pretty fast. It is designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one selling drives in the world. It has a price of 4,627 for 2 TB.

Iomega Prestige

he Iomega Prestige portable hard drive provides a simple and affordable solution for all your storage needs and an ideal for adding capacity to your system. This stylish drive offers a strong aluminum construction and included stand which will resist good shots without damage and also can be used both horizontally and vertically as the user likes.


It has a very beautiful finishes making it ideal to be on your desktop but is a little slower than some of its competitors. It connects via USB 2.0 port, FireWire, or eSATA and does not come with any software. Within the range of Prestige it runs at 7200rpm, has an 8MB cache and data transfer speed is 25 MB to 20 MB of reading and for writing. It is priced at 5,913 for 1.5 TB.

LaCie Design by Neil Poulton

The LaCie hard disk, design by Neil Poulton adds a sleek, sophisticated style to your desktop to delivering high-speed performance as a hard drive. Neil Poultion is a Scottish designer worked for many technology companies to design to order any of their products.


The design is simple in fact it is rectangular and looks like a brick. It is made of glossy black plastic for a visual impact, but it’s a bit sensitive to fingerprints. It works via USB 2.0 ports, FireWire and eSATA and has 1TB of storage capacity. This device is certainly one of the best there is around in the market for its beautiful design. The transfer speed is not the best but without doubt it is something we can ignore considering its beauty.


With Hi-Speed USB 2.0, this efficient hard drive makes a great companion to your PC or Mac. The setup is nearly effortless it is plug & play and offers customizable formatting. This beautiful hard drive has a price of 3,856 for 1 TB.