Space have now become an integral part of our day to day life. As years are passing we need more space. In todays era you will find external hard drives are much more in demand than internal hard disk. Because you can carry them any where you like and are ideal for creating data backups, storing large multimedia files and adding extra storage capacity to any computer. External hdd are available in different sizes and shapes and different companies have their own specially featured external hard drives. So today I will discuss about the latest portable hard drive those you can opt for. I will clarify out the advantages and disadvantages of all that is mentioned here, Its better that you have a good look before you buy one.
My Passport Essential
The My Passport Essential gives good outputsand performance is very well. This hard drive comes with a USB 3.0 interface which makes loading and unloading of files very fast. This miniature hard drive is solidly built and is available in different storage capacities ranging from 250GB, 500GB to 640GB but note the 500GB capacity drive is the only one with features a USB 3.0 interface; the others only have the 2.0 interface.
As the name says passport the size of this hard drive is the same as that of an passport weighing about 5 ounces. The drive also features a bus-powered technology which means that the drive uses a single cable for both data transfer and power supply. The drive is equipped with a single blue LED that illuminates whenever some task is done on the drive and belowthe drive there are four small rubber pad feet that enables the device to stick on the surface where it is placed.
This drive comes pre loaded with the company’s proprietary and feature-rich WD SmartWare software. When you plug it into a computer, the drive is shown as two separate devices, one with a standard external drive having 465GB of storage space and another with 450MB drive containing the factory loaded software. This feature helps prevent users from accidently delete or lose the accompanying software.
This device is priced @ $97.85.
The Clickfree C2N drive uses a USB 3.0 interface, so the transfer speed is comparatively low infront of USB 3.0 but still then it is quick and fast and can transfer data rates at a speed that ranges up to 480Mbps. This is available in different storing options including 250GB and 320GB. But if you spent a little more amount then the 500GB is the deal that you should look at. This is best because it delivers the lowest cost per gigabyte, giving computer users the most bang for their buck.
The Clickfree C2N is an pocket sized drive with a glossy finish and is amazing to look at, along with it the hard drive is also very lightweight around 6.08 ounces and has a inbuilt USB cable. This drive can back up entire home networks and is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS but the one thing that you will miss is the unavailability of USB 3.0.
This drives lacks durability and sturdiness because it doesn’t have any drop protection features. This also features a wireless network backup by which users can simply plug the drive into each computer on a home or small business network that they want to routinely back up.
This drive is priced at $169.99
This drive is equipped with a USB 3.0 interface along with it the StoreJet 25M3 supplies faster data transfer speeds that which can reach up to 5 gigabytes per second (Gbps). The 500 gigabyte (GB) model of the StoreJet 25M3 is minimum one that you can opt for and above it you will get 640GB and 750GB storage capacities that are also available in the same size as that of the 500GB model.
The best feature of this drive is the design & durability.Its outer casing consists of three separate layers and conforms to U.S. military grade compliance standards. It also has a built in shock resistance of the rubber casing material that ensures the drive can survive 5 foot drops without risking any internal damage.
This drive is also very light weight and portable but slightly more weight than others. This is also based on bus powered mechanism along with a status LED indicator to signify when data transferring is taking place. If it illuminates blue then it is a usb 3.0 or else USB 2.0.
This drive is priced at $114.30
This eGo external hard drive offers USB 3.0 interface. This is one of its kind that comes in 500GB along with a 1TB capacity. It weighs slightly more but still the 1TB model consists of the same size as its smaller capacity drives. It boasts excellent durability, stylish design and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds but supports only windows operating systems.
The eGo external hard drive is a rock solid drive and is also bus powered. Along with it this drive has a durable aluminum casing and features a pre-installed Iomega Power Grip band, a rubber-like band that crisscrosses the drive which is designed to protect it from bumps and drops.
This device is said to be stylish, smooth and sleek, and the design that it carries appeals to more avant garde users. Furthermore, aside from black, the drive comes in a handful of bold colors including red and midnight blue.
This drive is priced at $299.99.
Rikiki USB 3.0
The drive has a sleek design and the included software supports both Windows and Mac. LaCie customer support is seriously lacking and the drive has average transfer speeds. LaCie claims the Rikiki’s cutting-edge USB 3.0 interface delivers transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps when using a USB 2.0 host port.
The LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0 comes in two different storage capacities that includes 500 gigabytes and 1 terabyte. The 1TB Rikiki model obviously delivers the lower cost per gigabyte (there are 1024GB in one terabyte), but for users looking for portability, both capacity models deliver an exceptional ratio of portability to storage capacity.
A far cry from the drives that seem to up lift the market, minimalism and simplicity define the Rikiki external hard drive. The sturdy and sleek aluminum casing is a mixture of style & durability.
This is priced @ 115.02.