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 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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by Josh Shaman

OWC Envoy Pro EX Review

The OWC Envoy Pro EX is a USB 3.0 bus-powered portable storage device that offers capacities up to 480GB and is pre-formatted and primarily designed for Apple systems, though PC users can reformat and use the drive as well. The OWC Envoy Pro is the bare unit, while the EX models add SSD storage using OWC's Aura 6G SSDs. OWC's intent when they engineered the Envoy Pro EX was to create storage for the MacBook family that is ultra-portable, high-performance and protected from potential user-damage. The Envoy Pro EX meets those criteria: it can easily fit in a pocket, it offers SSD memory for superior speed compared to HDD-based portable drives, and in using SSD the device has no moving parts and is safe from physical damage in its anodized aluminum body.

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by Josh Shaman

WD My Passport Ultra Review

The WD My Passport Ultra, announced today, is a USB 3.0 portable storage device with capacities from 500GB up to 2TB that features local and cloud backups. The My Passport Ultra includes software for automatic backups to the host system or to the My Passport Ultra as well as the ability to use Dropbox to backup to the cloud. The Ultra, WD's latest My Passport iteration, also enables users to setup password protection and hardware encryption to keep data stored on the device secure from unauthorized access. Cosmetically-focused, the WD My Passport Ultra is available in four different colors (titanium, red, blue and black).

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by Josh Shaman

Kingston MobileLite Wireless Review

The Kingston MobileLite Wireless is the company's latest portable wireless storage device that ships without embedded storage and instead enables users to use memory cards (SD/SDHC/SDXC and microSD with included adapter) or USB flash drives to increase storage for tablets, phones and other mobile devices. MobileLite Wireless provides a battery life of up to 5 hours for playback and viewing files, and it conveniently charges over USB. The 5-hour life is 25% more than on the previous generation Wi-Drive portable wireless flash drive that Kingston continues to offer in 64GB and 128GB capacities. Uniquely, the MobileLite Wireless also offers the ability to serve as an emergency charger for mobile devices such as phones.

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by Josh Shaman

PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD Review

The PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD is a portable storage device compatible with all Apple iPods, iPads and iPhones using the included 30-pin connector and Lightning to 30-pin adapter that enable users to expand the capacity of their iOS devices by 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. Those capacity steps optimize the i-FlashDrive HD for users who require portable storage, those with existing devices who need more capacity but aren't quite ready to shell out for an upgrade, and for those who simply need more capacity than Apple products natively feature. Enhancing its strengths, the i-FlashDrive HD is the only two-way storage device between iOS devices and Mac/PC utilizing dual connectors.

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