Best Portable Drives of 2016 – Top 10 Best External Portable Drives

Top 10 – Best Portable External Hard Drives of 2016


When it comes to storage, You definitely want to be sure that your data is safe. With fast growing numbers of photos, documents and videos we have, we need some extra storage. Data safety and portability is great, even though most people don`t want to spend too much money on it. Your files often become useless if they just stay at home all the time, which is a problem that portable drives are made to fix. A portable drive must be small and light, so you can take it everywhere you go. If you are looking for the best portable drive, you will find it in our top. In the list below we have the top portable drives that offer great performance, helpful backup software and excellent design.

WD My Passport Ultra Review – Best combination of price,speed and capacity

WD My Passport Ultra ReviewWd My Passport Ultra ir number one bestseller because of its price, size, speed and capacity. Its one of the cheapest drives you can buy, but not the slowest. With reading speed up to 120Mb/s and writing speed of 118Mb/s. Wd My Passport Ultra new model comes in four colors: Black, Blue,White, Berry and also in four capacities: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3TB. Price varies from $65 for 500GB to $127 for 3TB, notice that 1TB version is the cheapest and costs just $59. Drive is very popular and have more than 7000 Amazon customer review (old model) and more than 1600 for new model which was launched in 2015. I recommend to read customer reviews before buying any device, they can be very helpful. Drive comes with bundled software – WD Smartware which allows users to make automated and cloud backups, many other portable drives comes without software. My Passport Ultra has 3 year limited warranty. Product dimensions: 0.8 x 3.2 x 4.4 inches (2 x 8 x 11 cm) and weighs just 8 ounces (226.8 grams). Wd My Passport Ultra is great opt if capacity, size and simple software is all you need. 

Seagate Wireless Plus Review – iPad friendly wireless storage 

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Seagate Wireless Plus Review Need to wiressly add 1TB of storage up to eight devices? It can be easily done with Seagate Wireless Plus. You can use wireless plus as mobile media server. And when connected to computer or laptop it will work as any other portable hard drive. Seagate Wireless Plus supports only single band wi-fi (802.11) with a top wireless speed up to 150Mb/s. Out of the box its pre-formatted in NTFS and Mac driver is included. You can use wireless plus with iOS, Adroid, and Kindle Fire devices with free Seagate Media Mobile App. Also worth checking Seagate Central. Drive comes in various capacities: 500GB, 1TB and 2TB, prices starts from $149 for 500GB and goes up to$179 for 2TB capacity. Product dimensions: 5 x 3.5 x 0.8 inches (12 x 9 x 2 cm) and weighs 9 ounces (255 grams). 

Seagate Backup Plus Fast Review – If its all about the speed

Seagate Backup Plus Fast Review
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Newest Seagate external hard drive – Backup Plus Fast, really is on of the fastest external hard drive. Backup Plus Fast main advantages is speed and massive capacity. Backup Plus fast has 4TB of capacity, and two internal hard drives, which are configured in RAID0. RAID 0 configuration allows device to achieve great reading and writing speeds. This external hard drive is 2x faster than competition, with reading speed up to 230 Mb/s and writting speed up to 220 Mb/s. Of course these speeds can only be achieved via USB 3.0 port, but drive is also compitable with older USB 2.0 port. Transfer speeds with USB 2.0 port will both be about 30 Mb/s. Seagate Backup Plus Fast price on Amazon is only $199 at the moment (On summer of 2015 price was $249). Backup Plus fast is very portable, because it`s dimensions is only: 4,6 x 3,2 x 0,9 inches and weight is 10,4 ounces. If you are looking for bigger capacity, we recommend Segate Bacup Plus 8TB version, which has very good TB/Price ratio and is relatively cheap (Excellent choice for Xbox One game console). Or if you need speed instead, check out best thunderbolt devices.

Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review- New level of portability and performance

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This portable drive is not the cheapest one. It comes in various capacities – 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. The price for 250GB is $99 on Amazon, and $377 for 1TB (Drive have experienced quite a price drop, in summer of 2015 price for 1TB was 
 $568 and $170 for 250GB version). But this drive excells over others with its portability – it is the smallest SSD external hard drive, product dimensions are only 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.4 inches (7.1 x 5.3 x 1 cm) and it weighs only 1.1 ounces (31 grams). Shipping weight is around 8 ounces (0.23 kg). This is one of the top bestsellers on Amazon for a reason. Transfer speeds are astonishing, driven up to 450 MB/s by Turbo Write Technology. All of Your digital data will be well secured with AES 256-bit encryption. This device will work on both Windows and Mac computers with no hassle and reformatting. Samsung T1 has a nice metalic design, and this definitely is the most portable drive on the market, at the moment. Samsung T1 has 3 year limited warranty. If You need a superfast portable SSD drive then Samsung Portable T1 is the one you are looking for!

Extreme performance and rugged design from LaCie
LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review
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The newest LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain SSD drive offers great speed, performance and a very nice design. New , innovative LaCie design has two layers of protection. The outer bright orange layer protects the drive from drops and shocks. The first layer also seals the drive, to protect it from water and dust. The inner layer is aluminium. In our performance tests LaCie performed very well, data transfer rates via Thunderbolt connection: writing speed 150,7 Mb/s and reading speed 154,9 Mb/s, and via USB 3.0 connection: writing speed 92,29 Mb/s and reading 112,23 Mb/s. If You are looking for a more casual external hard drive, check out Top 6 best 1TB external hard drives. Prices start at $300,00 for 250GB and go up to $442,19 for a 500GB version. There is also a hard drive version with capacity up to 1TB, which costs only $204,99. Product dimensions: 3.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches (8.9 x 14 x 2.5 cm), it weighs 8.8 ounces (250 grams) while the shipping weight is around 1,1 pounds (0.5 kg). Drop resistant up to approximately 2 meters (78 inches). Connector options: Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, USB 2.0. With AES 256-bit encryption Your files will be well secured.

Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ Review – Lightning speed combined with portability

Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ Review
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The Best Storage Device which has great performance with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt. This drive is very small and compact, it`s one of the smallest storage device on the market. Product dimensions is only: 5,2 x 3,3 x 0,8 inches and weight is 12,8 ounces. Shipping weight is just 15,2 ounces. Elgato storage device comes in two sizes: 259GB and 512GB of storage. The price for 256GB is $510 and $780 for 512GB, which is much bigger. Of course this is Solid State Drive called as SSD. It is second Elgato Thunderbolt portable drive. External drive will work on both Windows and Mac computers without and reformatting and hassle. This is USB powered drive, that means no external power source and less wires. It is very easy to use, just plug the cable and You are ready to work at lightning speed. In our testings with Thunderbolt connection the reading speed went up to 308 Mb/s and writting speed up to 283 Mb/s. The drive includes both cables – Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. There is no bundled backup software for Elgato Thunderbolt. Also the Amazon customer reviews for this product are not the baddest ones, at the moment all of them give 5 stars, check review link below. 


WD My Passport Slim Review

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Metal casing design, good performance, portability and most importantly affordable price makes WD My Passport Slim an excellent option for mobile backup and storage expansion. No doubt, that this is one of the best external hard drive, also one of the most popular. WD My Passport Slim comes in two capacities: 1TB and 2TB. In our performance testing My Passport Slim showed good scores, reading speed up to 107.89 Mb/s and writting speed up to 107.7 Mb/s. No other external hard drive has reading and writting speeds so close to each other. Data transfer speeds ar good, but they are a bit less than Wd My Passport Ultra, which has reading speed 117.87 Mb/s and writting speed up to 118.5 Mb/s. WD My Passport Slim is relatively cheap, $117.49 for 1TB version and $119,09 for 2TB version, these prices are available on Amazon.com. The price difference between 1TB and 2TB version is very Low, so we recommend you to Buy 2TB version. This external hard drive is both compitable with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. Product dimension: 4,3 x 3,1 x 0,5 (10,92 x 7,87 x 1,27 cm) inches and it weighs just 4,8 ounces (136g). 

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Review 

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Review
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Sleek metal design, great price and performance is offered by Seagate Backup Plus Slim. Only Seagate Seven portable drive is even thinner that Slim. This drive comes in four colors: Black, Silver, Blue and Red. And at the moment on Amazon is available in two capacities: 1TB for $61.00 and 2TB for $79.99, the drive ir relatively cheap and very affordable. It is both compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Also Apple Time Machine compatible, it also means that you can easily use the drive between Mac and Windows computers. Backup your content from mobile devices while on the go, using free Mobile Backup App. Product dimensions: 4,5 x 3 x 0,4 inches and weighs just 5,3 ounces. 

Toshiba Canvio Slim II Review 

Toshiba Canvio Slim II Review
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Toshiba Canvio Slim II has aluminium casing, which looks very nice. Slim II is an easy recommendation for anyone who needs a quick solution to expand storage. The drive is great for active travelers because of small size and portability. The drive also inherits all the features from older brother Toshiba Canvio Connect. Out of the box Toshiba Canvio Slim II if pre-formatted in NTFS file system, it will work on Windows machine with no hassle. To use Slim II on a Mac computer you need to install Tuxera NTFS for Mac. The drive is availabe in two capacities 500GB and 1TB. For following prices $49.99 and $67.99. You can choose from two colors: Black and Silver. With this external hard drive you will also recieve lifetime 10GB of free cloud storage. 3 year limited warranty included. Product dimensions: 4,2 x 3 x 0,5 inches (10,7 x 7,6 x 1,27 cm) and weighs just 5,4 ounces (153g). Shipping weight is 8,8 ounces (250g). Toshiba Canvio Slim II is one of the fastest external hard drive from Low-Cost end. In our performance testings both reading and writting speed were the same 118 Mb/s.


Seagate Seven Portable Drive Review

Seagate Seven Portable Drive Review(Amazon Discount Link)
Ultrathin portable drive from Seagate. The name Seven was choosed because the drive is only 7mm thick. This device is the thinnest external hard drive on the market at the moment. If you are looking for thin and cool looking drive, then Seagate Seven is the answer. What can you except form such ultrathin hard drive? With USB 3.0 device offers great performance. In our testings transfer speeds went up to 113,7 Mb/s writting speed and 96,43 Mb/s reading speed. Seven Portable includes helpful backup software (Seagate Dashboard) for Mac and Windows computers. This portable drive comes only in one capcity: 500GB. Product waranty is 3 years. Product dimensions are 0,3 x 3,2 x 4,8 inches (0,7 x 8,1 x 12,4 cm) and it weighs only 3,2 ounces (91 grams). Competitors in size and portability for this devices can only be Western Digital external hard drives (Link). The drive is Preformatted using the exFAT file system, that means you can use the drive for both Windows and Mac without a hassle. Seagate Seven Price is just $99,99. 



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