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 Brian Beeler

WD Nomad Rugged External Drive Case Review

There are times when a standard plastic shell is plenty good enough to protect a portable hard drive; taking the subway to work, moving from your office to the conference room...that sort of thing. There are other times when your data needs a little more protection - that's where the Western Digital Nomad rugged external drive case comes in. The hard polycarbonate shell and elastomer cushion lining protect the WD My Passport drive inside from the harsher side of life. 

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by Brian Beeler

Kingston Wi-Drive Review

When considering the purchase of the latest smartphone, tablet or other portable gadget, the onboard storage has become the most obvious differentiating factor between various models. The iPad 2 for instance comes with 16GB on storage in the base model. For $100 more you can have 32GB and another $100 gets you up to the cap of 64GB. The iPhone suffers the same problem and the slew of Android smartphones and tablets can also have storage limitations. The Kingston Wi-Drive is addressing this issue by offering a portable flash-based drive that's accessible via WiFi, giving consumers more flexible storage alternatives for their mobile devices.

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by Brian Beeler

Iomega SSD Flash External Drive Review - 128GB (35142)

In mid-October Iomega announced their first line of external drives that leverage both USB 3.0 and an SSD. The SSD Flash family features a 1.8" SSD and comes in three capacities, 64GB (35141), 128GB and 256GB (35143). Outside, Iomega has used a metal enclosure that not only looks great, but also offers drop protection of 10 feet for the drive. While a nice enclosure and internal flash memory are a great place to start, ultimately a product like this is about performance - the USB 3.0 interface lets the SSD stretch its legs, boasting read speeds up to 265MB/s and writes of 215MB/s. 

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by Brian Beeler

Lenovo ThinkPad eSATA 500GB Secure Hard Drive Review (57Y4400)

The Lenovo ThinkPad brand may be synonymous with with well-built laptops, but Lenovo has a long series of computing products under the ThinkPad brand, including the secure eSATA 500GB external hard drive (57Y4400). By secure, Lenovo doesn't just mean standard password protection for the drive; they bring AES 256-bit encryption and an integrated 10-digit keypad to the drive, capable of recording a 16-digit password. 

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by Mike Kowalski

Verbatim CLON Review (320GB)

 The Verbatim CLŌN was announced in January 2010 among a pack of new external backup products from Verbatim.  The CLŌN features a small size (4.54” x 2.99” x 0.59”) and user-friendly features to make it a no-nonsense portable backup solution.

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by David Rasnake

Samsung S1 Mini Review

Traditionally, 1.8 inch hard drives have mostly been relegated to service in media players and mobile applications. With increased interest in ultraportable laptop computers, however, drive manufacturers have been ramping up the level of innovation in small-footprint storage. In many ways, Samsung's ultra-tiny, high-capacity external - the Samsung S1 Mini - is the direct beneficiary of these technological advances.

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by David Rasnake

Seagate FreeAgent Go Review

Seagate's line of FreeAgent external hard drives represent one of the more established external storage solutions out there. Seagate's been about the business of building file transport systems - including the ultraportable FreeAgent Go series - for awhile now, and we recently got our hands on the latest iteration of this road warrior's standby.

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by Brian Beeler

Samsung G2 Portable Review (640GB)

 At CES earlier this year, Samsung rolled out a new family of portable external hard drives designed for those who want a simple and stylish, yet durable, portable storage option. The Samsung G2 accomplishes both goals while also being eco-friendly, which means it's halogen-free, meets ROHS standards and provides low noise output and low power consumption. The G2 portable comes in four color schemes and capacities of 250GB to 640GB.

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