Trusted portable hard drives for taking your data on the go

Bring your files with you.

computer and hard drive on work desk
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There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to external hard drives. How much data are you likely to need to store? Do you ever plan to disconnect it from your home computer or gaming console? Is it likely that the hard drive will end up in rough situations? Thankfully, there are plenty of options for everyone, including those who are most concerned with portability and IRL storage space.

LaCie Rugged Mini 5 TB External Hard Drive Portable
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This hard drive gives a huge amount of storage in one of the smallest form factors available, as well as built-in resistance to shock, rain, drops, and dust. As an HDD, it does not match the transfer speeds of an SSD, but if you’re worried about storing documents, pictures, and such that shouldn’t be a big deal.

Crucial 1TB X8 portable SSD
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If speed is your jam this Crucial SSD has got what you need. The 1 TB version offers read speeds of up to 1080 MB/s depending on your connection. You won’t have to worry too much about accidents, as its anodized aluminum body keeps it safe from vibration, shock, extreme temperatures, and drops up to a 7.5 feet.

Seagate One Touch SSD Solid State Drive Portable
Seamless data.Amazon

Perhaps your concerns about portability and size have to do with the fact that you’ve got a long and cramped commute. If that’s the case this 1 TB SSD might be exactly what you’re looking for. You can easily connect this credit-card-sized SSD to your Android phone or your Chromebook to stream video or edit photos. Its cloth exterior hides its shock-resistant interior. A one-year subscription to Mylio Create and a two-month membership in Adobe CC Photography make the package even sweeter.

Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD
Locked-down solid state.Amazon

Samsung is the standard by which all other SSDs are judged, so it is not a surprise that this drive has a load of features. What sets it apart from the rest of the list is its fingerprint and password security; these will keep your sensitive data away from prying eyes. On top of that the drive sports impressive read/write speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s and 1,000 MB/s, respectively. With shock resistance and protection for drops of up to 6 feet, this is an undeniably attractive data-storage solution.