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 Lyle Smith

Patriot Supersonic Boost XT Review

The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT is an ultra-durable rubberized USB flash drive with water-resistant housing that is designed for users who want a mobile storage device that can withstand the elements. It's roughly one and a half times the width of a standard stick, which includes a detachable cap and a red activity light, but doesn't get in the way of other ports when you plug it in. Though it is Patriot's most durable USB product, the Supersonic Boost XT is their most basic USB 3.0 drive in the performance column. The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT ships in a plethora of capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

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by Alexandra Haskell

Patriot Supersonic Rage XT Review

The Patriot Supersonic Rage XT is the answer for consumers looking for an affordable, stylish flash drive with the efficient transfer speeds of USB 3.0. It's a compact flash drive with a rubberized casing, giving it a durability factor for users that are tough on their products. The jolting bright blue on black adds some excitement to the rugged and edgy design. Even though it carries the affordable tag, the drive still posts impressive performance capabilities, Patriot claims read and write speeds of up to 180MB/s and 50MB/s respectively.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Porsche Design USB Key Review

The LaCie Porsche Design USB Key is made for consumers who love great industrial design and also need something for compact portable storage. It is constructed with solid steel and is one of the smallest thumb drives on the market; however, despite its slim size, its solid single-piece design is built like a rock. To further add to its durability, the connector is recessed slightly in order to protect itself from physical damage. The LaCie drive also has 256-bit AES encryption to make data protection secure and gives users the ability to configure password-protected private folders on the USB flash drive. The Porsche Design USB Key comes in capacities of 16GB and 32GB.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a high-performance enthusiast-grade USB stick designed for the most demanding portable storage users. SanDisk specs the USB flash drive with impressive top-in-class read speeds up to 190MB/s and write speeds up to 170MB/s. With those numbers, users can transfer a 3GB file in 20 seconds or a 40GB file in four minutes. SanDisk's 128-bit AES encryption and exclusive SecureAccess Software, which come with the SanDisk Extreme, make data protection easy to setup and use for consumers. Users will also be able to configure password-protected private folders on their SanDisk USB flash drive. Additionally, SanDisk has implemented a more sturdy build, giving the flash drive a very comfortable and confident feel.

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by Josh Shaman

Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB Flash Drive Review

The Patriot Supersonic Magnum is the company's top performing USB flash drive that ranges in capacities from 64GB to 256GB and interfaces over USB 3.0. Patriot has rated the Supersonic Magnum's read throughput rates at 250MB/s, with write at 160MB/s. That performance is driven by the Supersonic Magnum's 8 channel NAND implementation. On top of these impressive performance and capacity specs, the Supersonic Magnum also features an aluminum enclosure to ensure that bumps and dings won't damage the flash drive or the data it holds. All of this comes at a fairly reasonable cost, as the flash drive's street pricing is close to the 1$/GB threshold.

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by Josh Shaman

Lexar JumpDrive P10 Review

The Lexar JumpDrive P10 is a flash drive that connects over USB 3.0 and is billed as one of the fastest flash drives on the market with its transfer rates quoted at up to 265MB/s for read activity and 245MB/s for write activity. That Lexar figure equates to roughly 1GB every four seconds or 15GB a minute. Beyond that, the JumpDrive P10 arrives in three different capacity points: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. So, for example, if you take the performance spec and calculate it with the maximum capacity point of 64GB, transferring the contents of a JumpDrive P10 filled with a maximum data load would only take roughly 4-5 minutes. On top of that, Lexar has implemented a more premium build with metal-alloy to match the JumpDrive P10's appearance to its high-end performance.

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by Josh Shaman

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive Review

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is an ultra-portable storage device that features up to 64GB of capacity and is engineered to enable consumers to share and stream HD movies, music and pictures intuitively using a tablet or smartphone. Users can download free iOS, Android or Kindle Fire apps to access their multimedia collection. The Connect Wireless Media drive includes embedded memory in either 32GB or 64GB capacities, and it also includes an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot to instantly share digital camera photos or expand the device's native capacity. As with others in the space, the Connect Wireless Media Drive creates its own network, meaning no Internet is required. Further, with the Media Drive's super-portability and wireless range of up to 150 feet, users can access their media most places in their home. The device does feature USB 2.0 connectivity, so transfer rates will be limited. However, most users will be accessing content wirelessly anyhow.

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by Josh Shaman

SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive Review

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available as a 16GB or 32GB capacity portable storage device that enables users to store, share and stream files using iOS, Android or Kindle Fire apps. The unit utilizes SD cards, which SanDisk packages with the device for its storage. In operation, the Connect Wireless Flash Drive creates its own network, so no Internet is required and the device can be used anywhere. Additionally, it transmits the network powerfully enough so that a mobile device can connect as far out as 150 feet away - particularly handy when accessing the unit across rooms in a house or apartment.

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by Josh Shaman

Toshiba Canvio Slim II Review

The Toshiba Canvio Slim II is a bus-powered portable storage device that comes in a small footprint in both 500GB and 1TB capacities and interfaces over USB 3.0. The Slim II can also be purchased preformatted for Windows or Mac; the Windows model includes a NTFS driver for Mac and the Mac version is Time Machine compatible. For additional value, the Canvio Slim II features preloaded software that can also be found in some of the other Toshiba Canvio series drives. Users receive free licensed-access to NTI Backup Now EZ 2010 which enables simple, optionally-encrypted backups, and they also receive a license for Pogoplug PC for cloud backups which is normally $30. Canvio owners receive 10GB of storage for free versus 5GB for non-Canvio owners. There is also a piece of media editing software called Muvee and an HDD Password Tool that enables users to set a password for the drive.

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by Josh Shaman

HGST G-Technology G-RAID mini Review

The G-RAID mini from HGST G-Technology is an external storage device that now features up to 2TB of total capacity, interfaces over USB 3.0 or FireWire 800, and enables users to implement either a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration for performance or data security needs. The drive features robust performance capabilities which it derives from the two 7,200 RPM hard drives that are fitted inside its compact, rigid enclosure. That enclosure implements the same design features that G-Technology delivered in the G-DRIVE mini and G-DRIVE 4TB devices that we recently reviewed, and it gives creative professionals on the go improved options for their mobile data needs.

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