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

Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Review (DTHXP30)

The Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 represents the highest capacity USB thumb drive on the market and soon to be offered alongside the 512GB capacity is its robust 1TB sibling. These latest offerings from Kingston afford users the capacity of portable storage with the convenience of a thumb drive. This HyperX 512GB is another innovation offered by Kingston which has been a huge player in the USB storage market for a long time and is now flexing its muscles in a show of pure brawn. This model will likely appeal to users such as video and graphics editos who need to utilize rapid data transfer of considerably large files. Our test model is the performance-branded 512GB USB 3.0 version.

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by Brian Beeler

G-Technology G-DRIVE mini Review (1TB)

The G-Technology G-DRIVE mini is a 1TB portable hard drive designed for Mac users who want an elegant yet rugged enclosure with plenty of connectivity options. The HGST G-Technology brand has long been synonymous with quality, earning a special place in the hearts of Mac users and creative professionals. The G-DRIVE mini does nothing to tarnish that image, providing a combination of performance and capacity with near silent operation.

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by Josh Linden

Patriot Gauntlet 320 Wireless External Hard Drive Review

Patriot Memory is not a brand traditionally associated with external storage, but the company's Gauntlet line of wireless external hard drives is part of an effort to broaden that image. The Gauntlet 320, announced in October, offers 320GB of onboard storage intended to supplement the limited internal storage available on mobile and portable devices such as tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Patriot provides a Gauntlet Connect app for Andriod, iOS, and Kindle Fire to streamline its network configuration and provide storage access on mobile devices.

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by Doug Crowthers

Kingston DataTraveler Workspace with Windows To Go Review

The Kingston DataTraveler Workspace is a bootable USB 3.0 flash drive designed to be used with Windows To Go, a feature of Windows 8 Enterprise. The DataTraveler Workspace is one of the few flash drives that are certified for Windows To Go, giving users on-the-go Windows experience. The USB 3.0 drive incorporates SandForce SSD controller technology to produce a high-performance, low-latency drive. It's factory configured as a fixed drive so it boots through USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 ports on compatible hardware.

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by Kevin OBrien

WD My Passport Enterprise 500GB Portable Hard Drive Review (WDBHEZ5000ABK)

The WD My Passport Enterprise is a 500GB portable hard drive designed to be used with Windows To Go. The My Passport Enterprise is the only hard drive certified for Windows To Go, giving users a capacious 500GB of storage space for their portable Windows experience. WD includes the Compass utility for easy configuration, providing users with a secure and portable Windows environment, with no trace of files left on the host system.

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by Doug Crowthers

LaCie P'9223 Slim SSD Review

LaCie and beautiful design intuitively go together, thanks to years of LaCie regularly pumping out great looking storage devices. The LaCie P'9223 Slim SSD drive is no different, sporting a classic aluminum body and support for USB 3.0. The appearance and build of the P'9223 rightfully deserves the Porsche label, as it has both the elegance and performance of the famous Porsche sports cars.

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by Josh Linden

Kingston Secure USB Flash Drives with ESET Review

Kingston’s DataTraveler 4000 and DataTraveler Vault Privacy USB flash drives are now being offered with enhanced security functionality as part of a new partnership announced today between Kingston, ESET, and ClevX. Securely managing portable digital storage is one of the growing challenges for organizations rolling out infrastructure to support mobile devices and workers while maintaining the security and confidentiality of corporate systems and information. ClevX's DriveSecurity brings additional value to the DT4000 and DTVP, which secure the contents of the drive with hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption in case the drive is lost or stolen. While our review features the DataTraveler Vault Privacy, the two devices are functionally identical other than with regard to FIPS certification, where the DataTraveler 4000 has been certified compliant for FIPS140-2 Level 2.

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by Tom Streeter

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Review

The Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt/USB portable HDD is a relatively inexpensive way of carrying a lot of data in a small package without having to worry too much about how you're going to connect it to your computer. It was previewed last summer and is clearly aimed at Mac notebook users with its styling, the fact that it's formatted with HFS+ by default and the inclusion of the Mac-centric Thunderbolt interface. The drive retails for $209, though street prices are closer to $180.

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by Doug Crowthers

Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive Review (1TB)

Last year we reviewed the USB 3.0 Lenovo ThinkPad that was available in capacities of 500 GB and 750 GB. Today, we are taking a look at their newer 1TB USB 3.0 enabled hard drive. The 1TB USB 3.0 drive is highlighted by the same security, as we saw last year - a ten digital number pad on the front of the enclosure and 256-bit AES XTS hardware encryption running in the background. The security offers an eight to sixteen digit password for one user ID and one administrator ID. To add to the ease of use of the drive, the drive requires no software drivers and it's built upon the legendary ThinkPad quality.

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by Brian Beeler

WD My Passport Edge for PC Review (WDBK6Z5000ATT)

Last month WD released a pair of thin portable hard drives that constitute the My Passport Edge family. We recently reviewed the My Passport Edge for Mac, which like its PC brother offers 500GB of hard drive storage and USB 3.0. My Passport Edge for PC though, uses a different enclosure design, opting for decorated plastic shell instead of the aluminum enclosure in the Mac version. And because many PC users don't have backup software, WD includes SmartWare, to give PC users an automated backup and recovery application. 

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