ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 15 Portable Hard Disks for Mac & PC from Cheap to Expensive

Updated on November 20, 2014

What is this about!

Here you can find the list of top 15 portable hard disks with specs and key features. Compare the best hard disks to choose one. Buy from amazon at heavy discounts upto 50%.

Hard Disk Lounge

As the technology advances day by day, storage is one's primary concern. External hard disks are the modern way to store data. And when thinking about external hard drives, people think of portability first. Here goes the list of top 15 portable hard disks now available.

If you are looking for a rugged hard drive, find 7 of the best here

#1 LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series 1TB

 
 
Interface
Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.5 or later, Windows XP or later
Warranty
2 years
Capaciy
1TB, 2TB

Key Features

  • Includes both USB 3.0 and thunderbolt cables
  • Bus powered
  • Password protection and automatic backup
  • Shock resistant rubber sleeve
  • High data transfer speeds up to 110 MB/s
  • Durable

Price: 1TB @ $199.99

2TB @ $299.99

#2 Apricorn Aegis Padlock USB 3.0 Series

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.4 or later, Windows 2000 or later and linux
Warranty
2 years
Capaciy
500GB, 1TB, 1.5TB

Key Features:

  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Software free design
  • Shock resistant with Epoxy Coating
  • High level of data protection with 256 bit AES-XTS hardware encryption (Military Grade)
  • An indicator light to show if the hard disk is locked(red) or unlocked(green)
  • Average speed of 65.2 MBps for multiple files and 125MBps for single large file
  • Durable

Price : 500GB @ $185

1TB @ $230

1.5TB @ $ 286

#3 WD My Passport for Mac 1TB USB 3.0

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.5 or later, Windows XP or later (requires reformatting)
Warranty
3 years
Capaciy
1TB, 2TB

Key Features:

  • Sleek premium design with aluminium enclosure
  • Simple plug and play setup
  • S.M.A.R.T feature predicts potential drive failures
  • Passwrod protection enabled
  • Has an average speed of 52.5 MBps with multiple files and 145.4 MBps with single large file
  • Durable
  • Not much expensive compared to others

Price: 500GB @ $55

1TB @ $80

2TB @ $119 only on Amazon

#4 Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.4 or later, Windows 2000 or later
Warranty
3 years
Capaciy
500GB, 1TB

Key Features:

  • USB 3.0 provides high speed data transfer
  • Waterproof and Shock proof
  • Highly durable
  • Anti pressure protection
  • Anti dust protection
  • Average speed of 61.2 MBps for multiple files and 121.4 MBps for single file

Price: 500GB @ 57.99$

1TB @ 83$

#5 G Technology G Drive

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
7200
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.6 or later, Windows Vista or later
Warranty
3 years
Capaciy
500GB, 1TB

Key features:

  • High speed data transfer
  • Bus powered
  • Cute design with durable aluminium case
  • Plug and play setup
  • Time machine compatible
  • Average speed of 121 MBps read and 120 MBps write

Pros:

  • 7200 driver unit
  • Aluminium shield
  • 3 year warranty

Cons:

  • No thunderbolt or firmwire 800
  • Little bit pricey compared to others

Price: 500GB @ 130$

#6 Transcend USB 3.0 Military-Grade Shock Resistance Portable External Hard Drive for Mac and PC

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.4 or later, Windows XP or later
Warranty
2 years
Capaciy
500Gb, 750GB, 1TB

Key Features:

  • Good design
  • Shock proof
  • Durable
  • 3 stage shock protection system
  • One touch back up functionality
  • Has an average speed of 61 MBps (multiple files) and 107 MBps (single file)

Price: 750 GB @ 97.5$

#7 Apricorn Aegis BIO USB 3.0

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.6 or later, Windows XP or later
Warranty
3 years
Capaciy
500GB, 750GB, 1.5TB

Key Features:

  • Biometric finger scanner
  • Highly secure
  • Easy to use
  • Durable and shock resistant
  • 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption

Pros:

  • High level of protection
  • USB 3.0 provides faster data transfer
  • Easy to administer and unlock

Cons:

  • Costly due to the biometric feature
  • Writing speed is comparatively less
  • No FIPS 140-2 Certification

Price: 1.5TB @ 234$

#8 Seagate Backup Plus Slim

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.6 or later, Windows XP or later
Warranty
2 years
Capaciy
500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB

Key Features:

  • Highly portable. Small size which fits in your pocket
  • One click backup
  • Seagate mobile backup feature
  • You can upload files to social networking sites using share feature

Pros:

  • Thin and portable
  • Value for money
  • Social media upload feature

Cons:

  • Write speed is comparatively less than others of the same price

Price: 500GB @ 63.5$

1TB @ 67$

2TB @ 119$

4TB @ 268.99$

#9 G-Technology G-DOCK

 
 
Interface
Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.6 or later, Windows Vista or later
Warranty
3 years
Capaciy
2TB

Key Features:

  • Comes as a package with two G Tech 1TB drives in a dock
  • Bus powered USB 3.0
  • RAID0 and RAID1 compatible
  • Average speed of 135 MBps read and 129 MBps write

Price: 2TB @ 630$

#10 HGST Touro Mobile 1TB

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
7200
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.6 or later, Windows Vista or later
Warranty
2 years
Capaciy
500GB, 1TB

Key Features:

  • With glossy black plastic body and a matte silver band on the border, Hitachi Touro has a sleek and eye catchy design
  • With 7200 rpm, data transfer is pretty much faster than others of the same class
  • Default NTFS file system, but can be reformatted with HFS+ and FAT32 for Mac
  • 256-Bit hardware encrypted password protection
  • A bonus cloud storage of 3GB with every piece

Pros

  • Password protection
  • Cloud storage available
  • Fast USB 3.0 data transfer
  • Eye catchy design

Cons

  • Slightly higher price

Price: 500GB @ 59$

1TB @ 85$

#11 LaCie Porsche Design P'9220

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.5 or later, Windows XP or later
Warranty
2 years
Capaciy
500GB, 1TB

Key Features

  • DESIGN! I think I don't need to say much about
  • 3mm Aluminium casing provides sufficient protection against damage
  • 10GB cloud storage is included for one year
  • Energy efficient. Automatic Eco mode reduce power consumption by 40%
  • Has a transfer rate up to 5 GB/s on USB 3.0 and 480 MB/s on USB 2.0

Price: 500GB @ 70$

1TB @ 90$

#12 LaCie Rikiki Superspeed

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.6 or later, Windows XP or later
Warranty
2 years
Capaciy
1TB

Key Features:

  • Nice design and durable since the case is made from aluminium
  • For those who give importance to design and portability than performance, Rikki is the best option

Pros

  • Extra small
  • Durable
  • Aluminium case
  • Fits anywhere
  • Light weight

Cons

  • 'NOT' so super fast
  • Installing the software is a cumbersome process and time consuming

Price: 1TB @ 100$


#13 Iomega Prestige Portable SuperSpeed 1 TB

 
 
Interface
USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.5 or later, Windows XP or later
Warranty
3 years
Capaciy
1TB

Key Features

  • Data transfer is really fast
  • Advanced protection with 256 bit hardware encryption
  • Plug and play setup
  • Durable
  • Iomega protection suit available

Price: 1TB @ 139.99$

#14 BUFFALO MiniStation 1 TB Thunderbolt

 
 
Interface
Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.6.8 or later, Windows 7 or later
Warranty
3 years
Capaciy
500GB, 1TB

Key Features

  • Design is good. Has a glossy plastic top. Two large rubber bush on the bottom prevents from wear and tear
  • Has one thunderbolt port and one USB 3.0 port
  • Has time machine back up
  • Very compact

Price: 1TB @ 173$

#15 Iomega eGo Mac Edition

 
 
Interface
USB 2.0, Firewire 400/800
RPM
5400
Driver Unit Size
2.5 inch
Compatilble Versions
Mac OS 10.1 or later, Windows 2000 or later
Warranty
3 years
Capaciy
250GB, 500GB

Key Features

  • Drop Guard feature provides sufficient protection from accidents
  • Versatile with 3 connections (USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and 800)
  • Stylish design and available in different colors
  • 3 year warranty
  • Data protection with Iomega quick protection

Pros

  • Rugged model with Iomega quick protection
  • Versatile

Cons

  • No USB 3.0 or thunderbolt
  • Data transfer is slow

Price: 500GB @ 93$

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)