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Top Five Portable Drives

Today’s technology is designed and manufactured for consumers who are on the go

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Today’s technology is designed and manufactured for consumers who are on the go. Look at the people near you and chances are there will be a smartphone, a tablet, a mini-tablet, a music player, or even a pair of the new Google Glass.

We are surrounded by technology and revel in it. However, these devices are manufactured with limited storage capacity and security concerns with online storage won’t go away.

What do you do when your capacity is maxed? You connect to a portable drive and keep on downloading. The following drives are the top available as of September 2013.

WD My Passport Slim (1TB)

  • Good: Fast and affordable
  • Bad: Not as “slim” as it could be
Type 2.5-inch external USB hard drive
Connectors USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Capacity 1TB
Size 4.3-inches by 3.14-inches by 0.48-inch
Weight 5.6 ounces
Price $99.00

Toshiba Canvio Slim II (1TB)

  • Good: Fast and sturdy
  • Bad: USB 2.0 is average
Type 2.5-inch external USB hard drive
Connectors USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Capacity 1TB
Size 4.2-inches by 3-inches by 0.5-inch
Weight 5.4 ounces
Price $86.57

WD Passport Ultra (500GB)

  • Good: Fast and compact
  • Bad: Limited options, pricy for capacity
Type 2.5-inch external USB hard drive
Connectors USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Capacity 500GB
Size 4.34-inches by 3.21-inches by 0.5-inch
Weight 9 ounces
Price $68.99

Seagate Wireless Plus (1TB)

  • Good: Wireless, 8 possible mobile connections
  • Bad: Weak Wi-Fi standard
Type 2.5-inch external USB hard drive, Wi-Fi access point
Connectors USB 3.0, FireWire, eSATA
Capacity 1TB
Size 5-inches by 3.5-inches by 0.8-inch
Weight .59-pound
Price $164.95

Seagate Backup Plus (500GB)

  • Good: Fast and flexible
  • Bad: Pricey
Type 2.5-inch external USB hard drive
Connectors USB 3.0, USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire
Capacity 500GB
Size 4.86-inches by 3.19-inches by 0.6-inch
Weight .44-pound
Price $74.19
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