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Portable External Hard Drive

Updated on May 14, 2009

External Hard Drive

Have you ever wanted to have a file that's saved on your home computer, but you're at work or out of town and just can't get to the file? Well, a portable external hard drive is the ideal solution. You can upload and access your files wherever you are. You can save your pictures, music, videos, documents, and anything else that you can think of on an external hard drive. Typically, they come in 250, 320, 400, and 500 GB, but there are a few there are slightly smaller or in-between.

The portable hard drives not only come in different storage capacities, but some of them even come in multiple colors so that you can pick your favorite color. They are generally a thin, sleek design, making them easier to tote around.

Portable external hard drives are perfect for business travelers who need to transfer data from your work computer to a client's computer. They're also great for daily backup and insurance in case something happens to your regular hard drive.

If you're a little worried about laptop or computer theft or someone else getting a hold of your personal and important information, a portable external hard drive with encryption features may be your best bet to keep everything safe.

External hard drives are definitely a must to hold backups for your pictures, videos, music, documents, and other files.

Iomega eGo Portable External Hard Drive

The Iomega portable hard drive is probably one of the best. It comes in 250, 300, and 500 GB, and your choice of jet black, ruby red, and alpine white.

The eGo portable hard drive doesn't require any external power supply, as it's powered by the USB port. and when you purchase one you get free software to help backup your files. The Iomega eGo hard drive is simple to use and has a nice, stylish appearance, so you don't have to give up aesthetics for functionality.

This portable hard drive is very durable with the Drop Guard feature, so if you drop it a few times, you're files will still be protected.

The Iomega portable hard drive is compatible for both PC and Mac.

Toshiba Portable External Hard Drive

The Toshiba Portable Hard Drive comes in 250, 320, 400, and 500 GB, and with this sleek and stylish external hard drive, it'll be easy to stay in today's fast paced digital lifestyle.

You can save thousands of songs, pictures, movies, documents, and other files onto the Toshiba external hard drive, and take it with you on the road. This is a hassle-free, simple-to-use solution to all your backup needs. The Toshiba external hard drives make it simple to back up your files with the easy-to-use backup software.

The hard drive is powered by USB and include an internal shock sensor, as well as ramp loading technology which helps keep your hard drive safe and your date mobile.

The Toshiba portable external hard drive is ready to use as soon as you open the box. It's compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS 10.3.9 or later.

Seagate FreeAgent Go Portable External Hard Drive

The Seagate FreeAgent Go Portable hard drive comes in 250, 300, and 500 GB, and your choice of colors to include red, silver, pink, black, blue, champagne gold, spring green, sky blue, and solar orange. It has a nice sleek design and a pretty good size storage capacity, which makes it easier for you to take your pictures, music, videos, and documents anywhere you need them to be.

You receive the easy-to-use software which will help keep your information safe with automatic date backup and encryption, and you can sync your content between your work and home computers so that you always have the most current versions.

There's even a desktop dock accessory, which is the world's first for a portable hard drive. All you have to do is pop your hard drive into the FreeAgent dock whenever and wherever you want to access your files. You don't have to fumble around with cables any more.

The Seagate FreeAgent Go even received CNet's editor's choice award as one of the best portable external hard drives.

Western Digital My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive

The Western Digital My Passport portable hard drive comes in 160, 250, 320, 400, and 500 GB, and various colors such as intense blue, cool silver, midnight black, real red, orange, viola, sunny yellow, arctic white, vibrant pink, and cherry red.

You don't need a power adapter here; all you need is the USB cable so that you can pack all of your home or office files up and go. You can carry thousands of songs or pictures on the go.

The Western Digital portable hard drive synchronizes files between your home and office and encrypts everything on the hard drive for added security using 128-bit encryption (for Windows only). The WD Sync synchronization and encryption software lets you take your critical data with you anywhere you need to go. All you have to do is plug in the My Passport hard drive into any computer so that you can edit files, read emails, and view your pictures; then you can sync your changes back to your other or main computer.


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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes. I have an external hard drive and love it!

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      Anthony Goodley 7 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I own the Seagate FreeAgent Go 300 GB drive and have been very happy with it so far. If you have any valuable files that you don't wish to lose then you really should consider buying one. I used to burn my files to first CD's then DVD's but after a long time they always seem to end up going bad on me. I backup my web site files, pictures, mp3's, movies and programs I have downloaded. It is only a matter of time until either your hard drive will die or windows will mess up and you have to reinstall. Are your valuable files protected? Mine are!

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      kiwi91 8 years ago from USA

      I was thinking of getting one of these to back up the ten million photos and files I have on my PC. Not having one is just asking for trouble. Thanks for the suggestions, and good luck on the Hub Challenge!