Save More, Carry Less: Top Portable Hard Drives for 2014

Save More, Carry Less: Top Portable Hard Drives for 2014

#1
Lacie 1 TB Rugged Thunderbolt & USB 3.0 Hard Drive
#2
Elgato Thunderbolt Drive + (256 GB)
#3
WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
#4
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0

If you work on multiple computers - or you’re always on the move with your digital files then you probably want a portable hard drive.  And, you’ll need one that can take a little abuse while being tossed into your bag or maybe walking home in the rain.  Fortunately, each of these drives can hold plenty of data - and they just happen to be the fastest around. 

And our top pick is the Lacie 1TB Thunderbolt model because of its rugged looks and excellent transfer speeds.  Although it’s not the fastest drive around, it's got an iconic design and decent storage space for most needs.


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Save More, Carry Less: Top Portable Hard Drives for 2014

Save More, Carry Less: Top Portable Hard Drives for 2014

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If you work on multiple computers - or you’re always on the move with your digital files then you probably want a portable hard drive.  And, you’ll need one that can take a little abuse while being tossed into your bag or maybe walking home in the rain.  Fortunately, each of these drives can hold plenty of data - and they just happen to be the fastest around. 

And our top pick is the Lacie 1TB Thunderbolt model because of its rugged looks and excellent transfer speeds.  Although it’s not the fastest drive around, it's got an iconic design and decent storage space for most needs.


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$166
122 Bought | Save: $74 (31% OFF)

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The BUFFALO MiniStation 1TB Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 hard drive will give you easy additional storage for your Mac or PC. The design of this drive is perfect for those that are creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts. The thunderbolt cable is included with this drive, and can give you speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

 

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Score 73
$116
168 Bought | Save: $74 (39% OFF)

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The Silicon Power 2TB Rugged Armor A80 USB 3.0 Hard Drive has military grade specs. It's shockproof and waterproof up one meter underwater for 30 minutes. That should be good enough for anywhere you might possibly need to go. Thanks to the USB 3.0 connection you can get up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds.

 

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The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 is in a metal enclosure that's up to 42% thinner than other drives. That makes the size of this drive about the same as your cellphone. The drive comes with a free app so that you can easily backup from your mobile device. You also can use this drive between PC and Mac without needing to reformat the drive (which has traditionally been a big pain for those with both). And, it's fully compatible with Time Machine.

 

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$50
193 Bought | Save: $50 (50% OFF)

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This 1TB WD Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive is one of the most popular, sleek and reliable one in the market currently. The WD drive gives you the ability to automatically backup your files to the drive as well as on the cloud. It's perfect for school work as you won't have to worry about running out of space, thanks to such a large amount of space under $50. You can also password protect your data as well as encrypt it using powerful hardware encryption.

 

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Score 89
$435
133 Bought | Save: $65 (13% OFF)

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Yes, Yes, we know, this is only a 256GB drive. Why would anyone get this? Well, the Elgato Thunderbolt Drive + (256 GB) is one of the fastest portable drive out there because it has a solid state drive inside! You can get transfer speeds of up to 420MB/s! That's fast for a portable drive. This drive is bus-powered so you won't need an additional power cord. It offers USB 3.0 as well as Thunderbolt connectivity options.

 

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Score 95
$200
167 Bought | Save: $20 (9% OFF)

Details

The Lacie 1TB Rugged External Hard Drive can give you transfer speeds of up to 122MB/s. Its orange/silver color scheme and rugged looks have been iconic over the years. You can connect this drive via USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt connection. The drive is also bus powered so you won't have to plug it into the wall; it will get enough power from the cable itself. It's also shock, dust and water resistant so you can take this thing with you - anywhere you go.

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