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 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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by Brian Beeler

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 Review

USB drives are one of those things have a certain amount of commoditization to them now, most of us have several, some that we use and others that are long forgotten in desk drawers. But let's be clear about those USB drives and the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 USB drive. The latter is not a commodity, it's a high performance USB drive that acts more like a portable SSD than those sluggish USB drives of old. The HyperX 3.0 is even faster than Kingston's previous generation USB 3.0 drives; thanks to eight-channel architecture the HyperX can pump out transfer rates of up to 255 MB/s read and 135 MB/s write.

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by Brian Beeler

Western Digital My Passport Studio Review (1TB)

WD just launched a pair of external hard drives largely designed for Mac users. The My Passport Studio is the higher end of the two, featuring an all metal anodized aluminum body, sleek rounded edges, capacities up to 1TB, dual FireWire 800 ports and a suite of drive management and security software. The new drives essentially put the previous generation WD externals for Mac to the pasture, and for good reason. WD has really taken design to heart with the My Passport Studio, it just looks and feels great. It has a minimalist feel throughout, even the indicator light is tiny and on the back of the drive so as not to offend. 

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by Kevin OBrien

Western Digital My Passport for Mac Review (1TB)

Western Digital completely redesigned and increased the capacity on both their My Passport for Mac and My Passport Studio portable hard drives. Besides the new look, the latest models increase the capacities offered, upping the previous cap at 500GB to 750GB and 1TB. In this review we take a look at the more affordable 1TB My Passport for Mac, which offers a stylish all-plastic case and a USB 2.0 interface with the price listed at $129.

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by Kevin OBrien

Seagate GoFlex Satellite Review (STBF500101)

The new portable wireless storage category is growing rapidly, with companies trying to anticipate consumer demand to craft the perfect solution. Seagate is differentiating their GoFlex Satellite from the competition in a number of ways. The Satellite combines 500GB of storage with a five hour battery and apps for both Apple iOS devices and the slew of Android offerings as well. The drive ships with a USB 3.0 adaptor for rapid file transfers to the drive, but thanks to the GoFlex system, users can swap that our for eSATA or FireWire for tremendous interface flexibility.

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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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