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 Lyle Smith

Seagate Fast SSD Review

The boldly-named Seagate Fast is company's latest portable SSD to hit the market. It features a unique design, the latest USB-C connectivity, and much faster transfer rates over tradition external hard disk drives as per the norm with SSD technology. The Fast allows users to sync their files via the bundled backup and folder mirroring software, which automatically monitors target folders for any new files, deletions or modifications so files will always be latest version. The Fast comes with a fully-reversible USB-C cable, eliminating the often-frustrating attempts to connect your USB device to your computer. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review

Samsung introduced what it is calling the first NVMe based portable SSD, the Samsung Portable SSD X5. Leveraging both NVMe and Thunderbolt 3 technology, the X5 is all about max performance. Samsung quotes speeds as high as 2.8GB/s read and 2.3GB/s write (2.1GB/s for the 500GB model). All this quoted performance is housed in a small, portable footprint and runs in capacities as high as 2TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung USB 3.1 BAR Plus Review (256GB)

Samsung has updated its BAR USB drive with a modern design, more color options and much more capacity. The drive is now for USB 3.1 and comes with more performance, including up to 300MB/s in read speeds. The drive comes in a range of capacities with the top going up to 256GB, the previous BAR we tested topped out at 64GB. 

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by Ed Hardy

Seagate DJI Fly Drive Review

Data growth and backup of footage is front of mind for every professional drone camera operator during a production setting. That’s why Seagate partnered with drone-maker DJI to create a 2TB drive designed specifically for this application. The DJI Fly Drive combines a 2TB external hard drive with a microSD card reader (card of choice for many drones) to make it a seemless process for prosumers and professionals alike to move footage off the drone after each use.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Announces New “Shuttle” Storage Solutions

Today G-Technology, a Western Digital Corporation (WDC) company, announced two new products in its G-SPEED Shuttle family. These new 4-bay storage solutions are built for users that need high capacity, portability, and high performance. The solutions run up to 48TB and up to 1GB/s transfer speeds.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Unveils New Storage Solutions For Consumers

Western Digital has announced new consumer content solutions today at CES 2018, including updates to their voice-activated media streaming via popular Smart Home devices, the world’s smallest 1TB USB flash drive and a portfolio of ultra-mobile, high-performance, wireless and high-capacity flash storage products. These new products will be branded under both SanDisk and WD names. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases Several Mobile Data Products At CES

Today at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Seagate Technology announces several mobile storage products for consumers and creative professionals on the go. These products run the gamut from a mobile drone backup, a external storage plus charger solution, a USB-C ultra-fast flash drive, to yet another rugged external drive. These products hit just about all markets in the mobile storage field.

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by Ed Hardy

Netstor NA611TB3 Portable NVMe Enclosure Review

The Netstor NA611TB3 is, as of the writing of this review, the first portable NVMe enclosure and it is also RAID-capable. It offers dual M.2 slots, so two PCIe NVMe flash storage modules can be installed with a potential max capacity of 4TB. Despite its small size, it includes active cooling and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. 

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review (256GB)

Earlier this year SanDisk launched yet another massive portable flash drive with the SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1. The latest version comes with capacities as high as 256GB (there is also a 128GB version available). The drive has also made a major leap in potential performance, this time with quoted speeds of 420MB/s read and 380MB/s write in a small package with retractable USB port.

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by Adam Armstrong

Netstor Releases Portable NVMe Drive

Today Netstor Technology released a new portable NVMe flash device with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C interface, the NA611TB3. The NA611TB3 can house two M.2 NVMe such as the Samsung 960 EVO and be configured in either RAID1 or RAID0. Netstor states that users can see performance up to 2.75GB/s, depending on the M.2 drives chosen.

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