Data Storage: 10 Portable Storage Drives That Won`t Bust Your Budget

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-05-12
 
 
 

Buffalo MiniStation Metro 1TB USB 2.0 ($99.99)

Included is TurboPC, a utility designed to enhance PC performance for up to 70 percent faster file transfers, and Buffalo Backup software to back up and protect your important files and documents.

Buffalo MiniStation Metro 1TB USB 2.0 ($99.99)

Hitachi XL3000 Desk 3TB USB 2.0 ($128.76)

Hitachi Backup offers secure storage (448-bit encryption) and provides you with added peace of mind in case your hard drive suffers a spilled drink, theft or natural disaster.

Hitachi XL3000 Desk 3TB USB 2.0 ($128.76)

HP Portable 500GB USB 3.0/2.0 ($79.34)

The drive is powered directly from the USB port on your computer, so no separate power supply is needed, and offers dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility.

HP Portable 500GB USB 3.0/2.0 ($79.34)

Iomega 1TB eGo Portable Hard Drive ($118.84)

The drive features built in 256-bit hardware encryption and Drop Guard Xtreme, which helps protect the drive from drops up to 7 feet.

Iomega 1TB eGo Portable Hard Drive ($118.84)

Samsung G2 ($78.88)

The G2 series provides an affordable storage option in capacities up to 640GB and provides password protection to prevent unauthorized access to your data.

Samsung G2 ($78.88)

Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB ($109.99)

When connected to a USB 3.0 port, this drive lets you access and save files up to three times faster than USB 2.0, and whenever you add or change a file, it's instantly backed up.

Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB ($109.99)

Toshiba Canvio 3.0 Plus 1 TB ($97.00)

Each Canvio 3.0 Plus portable hard drive includes an internal shock sensor and ramp-loading technology to help keep your drive safe.

Toshiba Canvio 3.0 Plus 1 TB ($97.00)

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB USB 3.0 ($149.99)

Use the included USB 3.0 adapter or upgrade to FireWire 800 or eSATA (external Serial ATA) by pairing the drive with the appropriate GoFlex upgrade cable.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB USB 3.0 ($149.99)

LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 500GB ($119.99)

This durable, portable storage drive offers 500GB of storage with a triple interface for maximum compatibility, and is built with a drop-resistant aluminum alloy shell and a shock-resistant rubber bumper.

LaCie Rugged All-Terrain 500GB ($119.99)

SanDisk Ultra Backup 64GB ($119.00)

Small enough to fit in just about any pocket, this drive also offers password protection and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) hardware encryption, and is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.

SanDisk Ultra Backup 64GB ($119.00)

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