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 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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by Brian Beeler

WD My Passport Edge for Mac Review (WDBJBH5000ABK)

The 500GB WD My Passport Edge portable hard drive for Mac users picks up on Western Digital's revised design for their portable drives. Over the last year Western Digital has been busy redefining the design of their entire external portable hard drive line, none more evident than the sleek new metal bodies given to their My Passport Studio drives designed for Mac users. The 1TB Studio and the slightly more rotund 2TB My Passport Studio have lead the way, now complimented by the My Passport Edge for Mac, which brings the polished ID to a strikingly slim 500GB USB 3.0 portable.

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by Kevin OBrien

Western Digital My Passport Studio Review (2TB)

WD has been in rapid fire mode this year when it comes to refreshing and bumping capacities on their popular line of My Passport and My Passport Studio portable hard drives. The newly increased in capacity (and girth) My Passport Studio picks up on the new design deployed earlier this year in the 1TB My Passport Studio. The 2TB portable drive uses the same all metal body that is both stylish and functional and provides users with dual FireWire 800 ports and a single USB 2.0 port for compatibility.

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by Kevin OBrien

2TB Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive Review

Last week WD announced the latest generation of their popular My Passport portable hard drives. The newly redesigned enclosures surround a 2.5" 15mm Western Digital hard drive that uses four platters to offer capacities up to 2TB, making it the highest capacity drive available in this form factor. The My Passport also picks up USB 3.0, making it idea for not just toting files, but for completing high-speed local backups of your PC as well.

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by Brian Beeler

Thunderbolt Storage With Any 2.5" Hard Drive or SSD

We just completed a review of the Seagate Thunderbolt adapter which is designed for Seagate's line of GoFlex portable hard drives. The Thunderbolt adapter is appealing, but with current Seagate externals it can only go so far, equaling USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 speeds due to the limitations of the external hard drives offered. What's really interesting though, is the Thunderbolt adapter uses a standard SATA interface for data and power, meaning users could buy the $99 sled and connect pretty much any 2.5" hard drive to SSD to take full advantage of the Thunderbolt port, without paying the massive premium for current pre-packaged external Thunderbolt storage options. That's exactly what we did, pairing the Thunderbolt adapter with the Intel SSD 520 and showing how much performance scales from USB 2.0 to native SATA.

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by Kevin OBrien

Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter Review

Seagate's claim to fame when it comes to both their GoFlex desktop hard drive line and the GoFlex portable hard drive line are the adapters that allow the user to swap between interfaces. Seagate has long supported USB, USB 3.0 and FireWire options, but at CES they announced a new Thunderbolt option. This gives Mac users for now, speedy access to external storage that in some cases, like the MacBook Air, wasn't available before. The Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter is compatible with the entire GoFlex portable hard drive line including the GoFlex Satellite.

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by Kevin OBrien

Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Secure Hard Drive Review

Lenovo has made versions of their secure external hard drives for a while, we reviewed their eSATA version about a year ago. This time we're looking at the USB 3.0 enabled hard drive, available in capacities of 500GB and 750GB. The new USB 3.0 drives are highlighted by the same security - a ten digital number pad on the front of the enclosure and 256-bit AES XTS hardware encryption running in the background. Couple the security with the fact that the drive requires no installed software and it's built with legendary ThinkPad quality and the drive looks pretty compelling.

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by Kevin OBrien

Newer Technology Guardian MAXimus Mini Review

We all know the benefits of RAID when it comes to data redundancy, but there are times when mobile users may not have access to a home or office NAS and most notebooks don't have multi-bay RAID options. In that case, a portable RAID would be ideal and thanks to Newer Tech, there's an option. The MAXimus Mini is a dual-bay portable RAID system, designed to be used with 2.5" hard drives or SSDs. Smaller than a brick, the aluminum enclosure offers quad-interface and RAID1 or RAID0 configurations.

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