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Top 5 Portable Hard Drives for Holiday 2010

Help friends and family preserve precious memories with an external backup drive.


by Sarah Silbert on November 13, 2010

Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0

Offering USB 3.0 speeds at 500GB and 640GB capacities, the Buffalo MiniStation Cobalt USB 3.0 comes with the Buffalo Tools productivity suite. Included in the software is TurboPC, which boosts transfer performance and conserves energy. Weighing just 6.5 ounces, the Cobalt USB 3.0 is light enough to take anywhere--perfect for the frequent travelers on your list.

Price: $139.00 | Read Review

Iomega eGo with Power Grip Band

As attractive as it is durable, the Iomega eGo is available in stunning Blackbelt, Midnight Blue, and Ruby Red colors. Drop Guard Xtreme technology protects the drive from falls of up to 7 feet, while the color-coordinated power grip band helps the family klutz hold onto the drive. Built-in 256-bit encryption stops possible thieves from accessing data.

Price: $129.00 | Read Review

LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0

Weighing 6.2 ounces and sporting tough aluminum casing, the LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0 hard drive is both portable and durable. The drive comes with a USB 3.0 cable (though it's also USB 2.0 compatible) and LaCie software (including a USB Speed Boost tool). Additionally, users get 10GB of Wuala Secure Online Storage for one year. The Rikiki drive is available in 500GB and 1TB sizes.

Lowest Price: $79.99

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex

Why settle for just one interface, when your data hound can have them all? Unique among external drives, the FreeAgent GoFlex has a scalable interface that allows users to connect to many different ports, including USB 3.0, eSATA, and FireWire, with a series of optional adapters. The auto backup adapter even provides continuous data backup and encryption. 

Price: $79.99

Western Digital My Passport Essential USB 3.0

Western Digital's contribution to the USB 3.0 storage device market doesn't just offer speedy transfers and plenty of storage; it comes in Arctic White, Black, Cool Silver, Pacific Blue, and Real Red to make the drive stand out from the hoards of plain black plastic competitors. Available in capacities of 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB, the My Passport Essential USB 3.0 comes with Western Digital's SmartWare software, which enables automatic backups. 

Price: $79.99

 

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