Portable Storage Reviews
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 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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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC With Thunderbolt Review

G-Technology recently announced some new additions to its rugged line, The G-DRIVE ev RaW and the G-DRIVE ev ATC. The G-DRIVE ev ATC is a 7,200RPM, 1TB portable drive that can handle some pretty rough treatment and still protect user’s data. The G-DRIVE ev ATC comes in two models, a USB 3.0 only model and a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt model. Both models have a SATA connection for use with a G-DOCK ev.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD Review

The Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD is a portable external hard drive for everyday consumers. The device is geared for users that have a large media library that they would like to take with them, say on a vacation, but don’t want to load the entire library onto their mobile devices. Instead they can load up the selected files: videos, photos, music, or documents, and share the files with up to five other users regardless of internet connection.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 USB Flash Drive Review

Patriot's new Supersonic Rage 2 is a high capacity (up to 256GB) and high-performance flash drive packed into durable rubberized housing for secure on-the-go transfers. With reported transfer speeds of 400MB/s read and 300 MB/s write, Rage 2 not only surpasses the speeds of its predecessor (the Supersonic Rage XT, 180MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively), it is also one of the fastest high-capacity flash drives we have reviewed to date. The Rage 2 leverages MLC NAND and a state of the art IC controller, as well as an LED light indicator for transfers. This flash drive would be ideal for any use case, but especially those in which a sturdy large capacity drive is desired (such as traveling media professionals or extremists).

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage Review

Seagate's newest addition to their signature line of wireless storage devices includes 500GB of storage and is geared more towards the everyday consumer than the previously reviewed Wireless Plus. Like their other wireless hard drives, Wireless Mobile Storage aims to ease the strain of large data libraries on mobile devices. Given the limited capacity of most smartphones and tablets, users end up streaming desired content. This can result in unnecessary data usage if the user is out of reach of Wi-Fi (often accompanied by usage fees). Offloading media libraries to Seagate's battery powered Wireless Mobile Storage (which creates its own local Wi-Fi signal) allows users to avoid usage fees while maintaining remote access to their content.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Seven Portable Drive Review

The Seagate Seven is the company’s newest addition to their external drive portfolio and is catered towards style-savvy users. This USB 3.0  portable drive is something very different than what we normally expect from Seagate. The Seven leverages an ultra-thin 7mm form factor and slick, premium design. Though not obvious when you first look at the Seagate Seven, this extremely thin device is very tough and durable for its size. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review

The Samsung Portable SSD T1 is a storage device specifically designed for both enthusiasts and travelling professionals looking for both high performance and ultra-mobility. At a glance, it certainly looks like a unique portable storage solution, as this sleek looking device is incredibly small and built slightly larger than a business card (71mm long by 53.2mm wide).  If you have some space in your wallet, it could likely fit there. And, with its use of the most modern V-NAND technology, this SSD device also packs a serious punch in the performance category.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Lexar JumpDrive M20 Flash Drive Review

The new M20 flash drives by Lexar were designed to handle mobile storage and transfer needs for On-The-Go (OTG)-enabled Android users. Up to 64GB can be leveraged through its retractable (and capless) micro-USB and USB 3.0 connectors to alleviate mobile data drain and congestion; M20 drives perform offline cordless transfers (at 120MB/s read and 55MB/s write, which is faster than WiFi-mediated transfers) and could also be used alongside the mobile device's internal storage (or kept separate as a backup hub). They also function as normal USB drives, so Lexar has simply added a few meaningful incentives for Android users.

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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT is a rugged USB 3.0 flash drive that focuses on both performance and data security. To back up this claim, the Bolt XT uses built-in FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES security and the drive locks and reformats itself when 10 consecutive failed password attempts have been made. In addition, the flash drive is designed with heavy rubber housing to ensure that the integrity of user data is protected physically as well. Patriot is known for their rugged USB drives, and the Supersonic Bolt XT is no exception.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The Toshiba TransMemory ID is a entry-level USB 3.0 Flash Drive with a dedicated label area (9mm x 33mm memo space), giving users the ability to organize their files by different categories or names. In addition, Toshiba has used a very slim, space-saving design to allow the use of multiple USB devices side by side next the TransMemory ID.

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