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Top Three Portable Hard Drives of 2017

By Anj Cagay , Feb 21, 2017 03:31 AM EST

Storage is basically everything. If you're looking for huge capacity and tiny prices, then the classic hard disk remains unbeatable. Available capacities of portable drives with laptop-style disks inside now extends up to a massive of 4000GB, more commonly referred to as 4 terabytes (TB). Most portable USB drives are powered by the connected computer, so you can use them on the move without the need to plug into the mains or use batteries. Here are three best portable hard drives this year.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II 2TB Portable Hard Drive: Overall Winner

The Toshiba Canvio Connect II is a pocket-size external hard drive comes with 2TB of storage space and superior features, like personal cloud software and color options, for just less than $120.  It also comes with personal cloud software, however, only 10GB of space on Pogoplug's online service. It's a great device, but it can't quite beat the Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive (4TB), the best choice for portable external drives, since the latter performed better in testing, and has a higher capacity and a lower cost per gigabyte.

Western Digital My Passport: Superfast Transfers

The 4TB Western Digital My Passport is a solid portable hard drive that combines capacity and value with great design and good performance. The 4TB Western Digital My Passport offers tons of storage, good performance, password encryption, and a splash of color for an overall good value. It is very affordable and delivers superior performance and comes with 200GB of cloud storage for two years. But if you really don't particularly need or want to save your data in the cloud, then this drive is the best choice for your portable storage needs.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim: Best Portability

The Backup Plus Ultra Slim is a handy portable drive for those needing to carry additional data or perform backups who are always on the go. The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim is an external hard drive that provides 2TB of storage space, fast data transfer speeds, and a sharp, super-slim design for a price tag of $100.

              

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