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USB 3.0 Hard Drive Shootout

What's the fastest portable hard drive for your money?


by John Brandon on May 18, 2011

Adoption of the USB 3.0 standard--also known as SuperSpeed USB--isn't going nearly as fast as we'd like, but for those who have the higher speed ports on their notebooks, the difference is dramatic. Compared to USB 2.0 drives, these USB 3.0 drives can read data more than twice as fast, and, more importantly, users can write to the drives more than three times faster than the older, slower standard. So if you wanted to back up 20GB of data, it would take you just 6 minutes, as opposed to 20 minutes. While at the moment you'll only find this port on premium notebooks, Intel and AMD are including it in on their next chipsets, so we expect adoption to speed up accordingly. So futureproof your data now with one of these hot, new USB 3.0 portable hard drives.

Buffalo MiniStation Stealth USB 3.0 1TB

The Buffalo MiniStation Stealth USB 3.0 is a portable storage drive that offers blazing transfer speeds and compelling software.

Price: $125.00 | Read Review

Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive 1TB

While the Iomegea eGo is on the bulky side, it can withstand drops from 7 feet and boasts fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds.

Price: $124.00 | Read Review

WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB

This WD My Passport Essential drive has some useful utilities, but its slow speeds and design don't justify the price.

Price: $109.00 | Read Review

LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0 Drive 1TB

Encased in aluminum, the LaCie Rikiki is built for the long haul, but it doesn't offer the fastest speeds.

Price: $99.99 | Read Review

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex is one of the fastest portable USB 3.0 drives money can buy.

Price: $99.00 | Read Review

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