Portable storage reviews include HDDs and SSDs designed to be easily carried around as well as reviews of high performance USB flash drives. Portable drive reviews are generally about storage products that connect over USB or Thunderbolt, while providing client users with either high capacity or high speed portable storage options.
by Lyle Smith

Samsung M3 and P3 Portable 4TB External Hard Drives Announced

Samsung HDD has announced the 4TB M3 Portable and the P3 Portable external hard drives, which are the first USB-powered single drive solutions of its capacity designed residing inside 2.5” cases. Previously available in only a desktop or bulky multi-drive internal form factor, the M3 and P3 Portable drives measure just 0.78 inches thin (which is only 1/10 of an inch thicker than their 2TB drive) and weigh only 8.3 ounces. Samsung indicates that they are able to achieve a 4TB capacity in a compact drive due to the latest Samsung HDD technology.

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by Tucker Mindrum

WD My Passport for Mac Review

WD has released a seventh generation of their popular My Passport line of external hard drives. The most notable upgrades with this line are an increase in maximum capacity (3TB), customization options, improved backup capabilities, and a line of models designed specifically for use with Mac OS. This review explores the Mac models, but the other new features are detailed in the new My Passport Ultra (7th Generation) review.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Ultra Review (7th Generation)

The 7th generation My Passport Ultra is a USB 3.0 external HDD designed for ultimate portability with the ability to back up user data automatically and to the Cloud. The My Passport Ultra is a tried and true technology that WD has been selling for some time. The latest version comes with a maximum capacity of 3TB, comes in a variety of colors, and comes with a Grip pack of soft band accessories that encircle the device. WD is also selling a version that is specifically formatted for Mac users, WD My Passport for Mac. Though it really doesn’t add anything new to the market, the Ultra is certainly a proven device, as it adds plenty of value to consumers with its speed and included software.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Announces New Portable Flash Solutions

SanDisk has added several new portable storage products to their flash drive portfolio, including the Extreme 900 Portable SSD, which is touted as the world’s fastest line of Type C-based portable storage and the Extreme 500 Portable SSD, which is the company’s new pocket-sized, rugged line of drives. Also announced are the 256GB Ultra and 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drives, the former being SanDisk’s first-ever USB offering at a 256GB capacity, while the latter is the company’s new capacity for one of the smallest USB drives on the market.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Ultra and My Passport For Mac Now Available

WD has announced a new, redesigned 7th generation My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives available in capacities up to 3TB and in four colors; Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue. In addition, WD has introduced WD Grip Pack, a new optional soft band accessory, which encircles the drive to provide consumers with an easy way to personalize their My Passport drives.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Releases New SD Cards And Flash Drives

Today Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. announced four new flash storage products. Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has released two new SD cards, Toshiba EXCERIA Pro SD Memory Card and Toshiba EXCERIA microSD Memory Card, and two new flash drives TransMemory U362 Retractable Flash Drive and the TransMemory Mini U201 USB Flash Drive.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Lexar JumpDrive P20 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Lexar recently announced updates to several of its JumpDrive line, including replacing its P10 drives with a faster, higher capacity P20 drives. The P20 is built for speed, and certainly delivers with reported transfer rates of 400MB/s read and 270MB/s write. Lexar estimates that a full HD movie transfers in about 40 seconds. It predecessor, the Lexar P10, was one of the fastest flash drives available at the time of its release, as is the P20. Its impressive boost in performance coupled with modern capacity standards (available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB) makes the P20 line well equipped to serve media enthusiasts and professionals.

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by Adam Armstrong

CalDigit Reveals Two New Storage Solutions

Today at the National Association of Broadcasters, CalDigit announced two new storage solutions. The first is a portable drive series that is designed to survive some rough treatment, the CalDigit Tuff series. The second storage solution announced is a 4-bay PCIe SSD RAID storage device, the T4 nano.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD 1TB Model Announced

LaCie has announced that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be released in a 1TB SSD capacity. This significant increase in storage comes with no size or weight increase when compared to the 500GB offering, making it just as portable as before. Our first look at the 500GB SSD version showed that the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt certainly brought a lot to the table when it came to performance, design, and top-in-class durability for the traveling consumer. This Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 solution is also ideal for tough field work due to its shock, dust, and water resistance. 

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Rugged RAID 4TB Review

The LaCie Rugged RAID 4TB is a portable storage device that, as the name implies, has a capacity of 4TB and can be configured in either RAID0 or RAID1. The device comes with both a Thunderbolt connection (which it is bus powered through) and a USB 3.0 connection (users will have to use the AC adapter with the USB connection). LaCie claims sustained speeds of 240MB/s in RAID0 configuration and using the Thunderbolt connection to transfer files.

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