Do you need a portable hard drive? Well, if you are like me who follows a lot of TV shows and watch them after downloading, then, your computer probably doesn’t have much storage space left. And of course, you still feel weird to delete them, so, they stay in your computer eating up space and gathering dust. Then, you definitely need one. Of course, some of you professionals might need it for different reasons entirely, but nevertheless, you do need one.
They come in different sizes that determine how much files you can store in them. And a hard drive, for me, is like a phone…I don’t go buying just any hard drive….I need the best I can get. If that’s the case with you too, here are the best Hard Drives you can get now. And of course, with Black Friday 2015 coming up, this is the best time to get one. You’ll be sure to get good discounts on these this Black Friday. So, here are the most popular portable hard drives to look out for: 5 Best Portable Hard Drives: Black Friday 2015
This portable hard drive is much more that just a hard drive. It is one of the most popular and is a smart storage solution for you. It doesn’t only act as a portable storage but can turn your PC into your own personal cloud server. It has a Remote Access Software that can connect to your computer from anywhere to upload and download your files to and from your computer. Of course, both the hard drive and your PC must be connected to the internet and your PC must be on or in stand-by-mode for it to work.
In addition to that, the Canvio Connect II provides you 10 GB of free Cloud Storage for your important backups, which is also expandable if necessary. It is also easy to set up due to it’s simple user interface. It is also extra strong, i.e. you don’t have to worry about losing your data by damages as this hard-drive includes an internal shock sensor which keeps it safe. Also, it works with super-speed of USB 3.0 but is still compatible with USB 2.0 which is necessary for a speedy transfer.
What’s more is that it is easily compatible with both Mac and PC, so you don’t have to re-format your drive if you use both. It is available in 4 storage options: 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB. The sleek and sturdy pocket-sized drive also comes in a variety of colors to match your style.
2) Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Hard Drive
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is a simple, one-click way to protect and share your digital life. It claims to be the thinnest HDD available and has a sleek, tough metal design for everywhere portability. This also has the Seagate Mobile Backup App to backup your data from mobile devices. With it’s purchase, you get 200 GB of free OneDrive Cloud Storage for 2 years when you register a new Backup Plus which must be activated by June 30, 2017.
It also includes a Seagate Dashboard software which can initiate automatic backup for your computer and mobile devices. Since this Backup Plus Slim is fully compatible with Lyve, you can share all your photos and videos easily in an instant. You can also keep track of what you’ve shared through your social media using the Seagate Dashboard.
It is also compatible with both Mac and PC as it includes a free NTFS driver for Mac so that you can share your content between PC and Mac easily. It’s easy to set up and use and features the USB 3.0, so, data transfer is superfast using this. It is available in storage choices of 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB and in four different color choices.
3) WD – My Passport Ultra Portable Drive ( Metal Edition)
A perfect example of brains and beauty in a portable hard drive. It’s sleek aluminium design makes it extra strong and protective so that you don’t lose your data due to damages. With ample storage space for your data, it also features the WD SmartWare Pro Backup Software which offers an easy way to backup and protect your files. You can also choose from variety of backup options like file/folder, category or scheduled backup including cloud storage, it can fulfill anyone’s requirements. But you’ll need a Dropbox account to access the cloud backup.
For security, this WD My Passport Ultra features a 256-bit hardware encryption which allows you to secure all your important data and stuff like your photos, videos, etc. Also, there’s no need to set it up it is already Formatted-Out-of-the-box for your PC. With the USB 3.0 interface, it can support upto 5 GBps data transfer and is also compatible with USB 2.0 for a wider range of devices.
This edition is available in 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB storage options but it is not compatible with Mac, sadly. So, if you work with both Mac and PC, I don’t recommend it. With shiny silver color, it gives a classy and stylish metal look as well. What’s more is that this drive comes with a 3-year limited warranty for your convenience and peace-of-mind.
4) Samsung P3 2.5″ Portable External Hard Drive
This portable hard drive by Samsung is also based on Seagate technology. The Samsung P3 1 TB STHXS-MTD10EF model is graceful in design, thin, compact and very lightweight which makes it highly portable. It is somewhat similar to the Seagate Backup but with Samsung’s own touches, it’s also different (but not necessarily in a good way). It has AutoBackup personal backup solution software for easy backup of data, SecureDrive sotware for security with SafetyKey protection for your data and SecretZone encryption system.
No cloud backups are mentioned, so, I don’t think this drive provides you any. It also works on USB 3.0 interface that can support upto 5 GBps max data transfer. The mentioned software are already pre-loaded on the drive, so, you don’t need to worry about installation and they are also easy to use.
Unfortunately, this drive, too, is NOT compatible with Mac and won’t be any useful for those Mac & PC users. It is available only in this color (shown above). Compared to others, this hard drive won’t be my first choice to be honest. But will be quite good for those with limited requirements and it is cheaper than others.
This 2.5″ portable hard drive by Silicon Power is built for it’s super durability and equally speed data transfer. This portable hard drive has plastic housing enforced with silicone rubber on all sides that absorbs shocks from impacts and provides effective Military Grade Drop Protection Standards. It’s design is also super sleek and has symmetrically built structure to hold the USB cable, so that you don’t lose it. Also, it’s armor features hexagonal patches texture for added grip and scratch-resistance.
Besides it’s such great design and durability, it works on USB 3.0 interface (also compatible with USB 2.0) and can provide upto 5 GBps data transfer with 1 TB of storage space. Only, there is no mention of any Cloud Storage, any Software for backup systems or encryption systems, so, this drive is for general-purpose storage only. The good thing is that this drive is compatible with both Windows and Mac upto OS X 10.5+.
Furthermore, it’s available in two colors: black and white, in the same design. It is very simple, so, this is a good choice for people who only store media files and such with very professional uses. It also comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.
So, these are the best and most popular hard drives out there for you to choose from this Black Friday 2015. Thank you for reading.