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 Tucker Mindrum

Seagate 4TB Backup Plus Portable Drive Review

Seagate's Backup Plus line of external drives will expand mid-July to include the 4TB portable drive (2.5-inch). This is the first portable SMR drive. This model will include all of the newest features of their Backup Plus line, most notably Lyve app compatibility, free OneDrive access, and social media backup capabilities. This portable drive comes with a NTFS driver for Mac, allowing users to cycle between Mac and PC systems without having to reformat.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung P3 Portable (4TB) Review

Samsung now offers a portable hard drive (the P3 Portable) with up to 4TB of storage. The P3 keeps Samsung competitive in the market as brands continue to offer this capacity in a portable drive. Samsung puts an emphasis on the P3's design and small size (it is one of the thinnest portable 4TB drives available). The P3 uses a USB 3.0 port to perform data transfers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Netstor Releases New 2.5” Thunderbolt 2 RAID Storage

Netstor has released new 2.5” Thunderbolt 2 RAID Storage device, the NA338TB. The NA338TB is a follow up the larger 3.5” NA333TB and NA381TB, both of which were well received by video editors and digital content creators. The NA338TB is designed for on-site video editing and supports both 2.5” SSDs and HDDs.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces Updates to Backup Plus Line of External Drives

Seagate Technology has announced that its Backup Plus family of external drives is now offering 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage and the addition of Lyve’s photo and video management app. Seagate Backup Plus drives are bundled with Seagate Dashboard software for plug-and-play PC backup as well as mobile and social media backup. Seagate has also announced a 4TB capacity for its Backup Plus portable, which is the company's slim 20.5mm form factor external HDD that uses a five platter portable drive.

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by Lyle Smith

PhotoFast i-FlashDrive Max Review

The PhotoFast i-FlashDrive Max is a dual-sided Lightning and USB 3.0 flash drive that allows users to transfer files to and from newer iPhone and iPad Air devices to their workstation. Featuring a built-in media player, users can store, access, and play all of their media located with the iFlash Max instead having to rely on the iTunes, which is certainly something that many Apple users will find very attractive. The i-FlashDrive Max is currently available in a 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models to satisfy numerous use cases and more than enough storage to meet the needs of most consumers.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung M3 and P3 Portable 4TB External Hard Drives Announced

Samsung HDD has announced the 4TB M3 Portable and the P3 Portable external hard drives, which are the first USB-powered single drive solutions of its capacity designed residing inside 2.5” cases. Previously available in only a desktop or bulky multi-drive internal form factor, the M3 and P3 Portable drives measure just 0.78 inches thin (which is only 1/10 of an inch thicker than their 2TB drive) and weigh only 8.3 ounces. Samsung indicates that they are able to achieve a 4TB capacity in a compact drive due to the latest Samsung HDD technology.

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by Tucker Mindrum

WD My Passport for Mac Review

WD has released a seventh generation of their popular My Passport line of external hard drives. The most notable upgrades with this line are an increase in maximum capacity (3TB), customization options, improved backup capabilities, and a line of models designed specifically for use with Mac OS. This review explores the Mac models, but the other new features are detailed in the new My Passport Ultra (7th Generation) review.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Ultra Review (7th Generation)

The 7th generation My Passport Ultra is a USB 3.0 external HDD designed for ultimate portability with the ability to back up user data automatically and to the Cloud. The My Passport Ultra is a tried and true technology that WD has been selling for some time. The latest version comes with a maximum capacity of 3TB, comes in a variety of colors, and comes with a Grip pack of soft band accessories that encircle the device. WD is also selling a version that is specifically formatted for Mac users, WD My Passport for Mac. Though it really doesn’t add anything new to the market, the Ultra is certainly a proven device, as it adds plenty of value to consumers with its speed and included software.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Announces New Portable Flash Solutions

SanDisk has added several new portable storage products to their flash drive portfolio, including the Extreme 900 Portable SSD, which is touted as the world’s fastest line of Type C-based portable storage and the Extreme 500 Portable SSD, which is the company’s new pocket-sized, rugged line of drives. Also announced are the 256GB Ultra and 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drives, the former being SanDisk’s first-ever USB offering at a 256GB capacity, while the latter is the company’s new capacity for one of the smallest USB drives on the market.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Ultra and My Passport For Mac Now Available

WD has announced a new, redesigned 7th generation My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives available in capacities up to 3TB and in four colors; Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue. In addition, WD has introduced WD Grip Pack, a new optional soft band accessory, which encircles the drive to provide consumers with an easy way to personalize their My Passport drives.

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