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 Tucker Mindrum

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk designed the Extreme 500 to replace the functionality of a portable hard drive while providing enhanced transfer rates. The Extreme 500 is intended for photographers and videographers that need a fast portable drive that can tolerate heavy use and withstand more physical damage than a typical HDD. Users will be trading the superior capacity of an HDD for the speed and reliability of an SSD, with a maximum capacity of 480GB and top reported transfer rate of 430MB/s read.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

Announced at CES 2016, the Samsung T3 Portable is the company’s newest external SSD offering, a market that has been surprisingly vacant despite the growing adoption of the solid-state technology. The T3 leverages Samsung's V-NAND technology and comes in a generous 2TB capacity (which is double the size of its ultra portable SSD T1 a year ago) to suit the needs of media professionals and enthusiasts who deal with a ton of storage.

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by Tucker Mindrum

SanDisk Ultra +Cloud USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

SanDisk's new Ultra +Cloud flash drive comes with 128GB of storage, separated into 64GB on the drive itself and 64GB on the cloud. Users can access data stored on the cloud remotely from any computer, or use SanDisk's mobile app to manage data from a smartphone or tablet. Both the web interface and mobile app have fairly comprehensive usability, with a straightforward setup and surprising number of features for a flash drive. The Ultra +Cloud includes standard encryption capabilities and compatibility with SanDisk's RescuePRO file recovery software. In order to develop the cloud aspect of the Ultra + Cloud Flash Drive, SanDisk licensed Bitcasa's cloud storage platform. Bitcasa Platform enables secure file storage, access, and sharing for multiple platforms and the web.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Game Drive For Xbox Review

Seagate recently announced a 2TB external HDD designed specifically for Xbox consoles, including both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. The drive is fairly small with Xbox branding and is bus powered through its USB 3.0 cord. The drive comes with 4 times the capacity of the initial Xbox One (and still twice the capacity of the currently offered console) and 8 times the capacity of the Xbox 360 Elite. The drive is designed to automatically work with Xbox consoles; there is no need to do anything other than plug it in and it will automatically set itself up.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung USB 3.0 FIT Drive Review

The Samsung USB 3.0 FIT is the company’s most compact flash drive to date, and was designed for use cases in which where space is important (as with ultra-slim notebooks and vehicles equipped with media USB ports). Samsung put a lot of thought into the FIT’s design, giving it streamlined edges and an easy grip for removal. Performance-wise, the FIT uses Samsung’s next generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with quoted sequential read speeds of up to 130MB/s in both of its 32GB and 64GB capacities. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Bar USB 3.0 Drive Review (MUF-64BA)

The Samsung USB 3.0 Bar (or MUF) compact flash drive is designed for transferring files between PCs and Notebooks. Samsung new slate of premium USB drives has put a lot of focus into their design, and the Bar is certainly no exception. It’s a really one of the nicest looking devices we have seen and would make a perfect storage companion to the design-savvy consumer.

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by Lyle Smith

Photofast MemoriesCable Review

Designed specifically for iOS mobile devices, the Photofast MemoriesCable combines external storage with the charging cable into one product, offering users a way to view, backup and restore all of their media. Previously, PhotoFast released the i-FlashDrive Max, a dual-sided Lightning and USB 3.0 flash drive that transfers files to and from newer iPhone and iPad air devices. The MemoriesCable has the exact same functionality only that is has the added benefit of charging the device.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Sony Pro 1TB HDD Review

Sony has released a new portable drive that is catered to professionals in the media industry. In addition to providing both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, the Pro 1TB HDD has been optimized as a portable drive for on-the-go professionals that might see a large number of projects; the drives come in sturdy hard cases that protect the contents during archiving. The drives themselves also come with silicone covers, which makes them shock-resistant and capable of surviving 2 meter drops.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Toshiba TransMemory U362 USB 3.0 Review

Toshiba's new TransMemory line (U362) seems to be their attempt to produce a stripped down and inexpensive flash drive. There aren't really any groundbreaking features with this line, other than the fact that it only costs between $0.63 and $0.55 per GB (16GB model and 64 GB model, respectively). While there are other flash drives available at this price or lower, this line carries the Toshiba name, which has provided the market with some of the best quality flash drives available.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate 4TB Backup Plus Portable Drive Review

Seagate's Backup Plus line of external drives will expand mid-July to include the 4TB portable drive (2.5-inch). This is the first portable SMR drive. This model will include all of the newest features of their Backup Plus line, most notably Lyve app compatibility, free OneDrive access, and social media backup capabilities. This portable drive comes with a NTFS driver for Mac, allowing users to cycle between Mac and PC systems without having to reformat.

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