Portable hard drives let you back up or store a large amount of data for a (relatively) small amount of money. If you want to keep your hard drive at your desk, external desktop drives may offer additional perks—some models have extra encryption or backup options, while others may be slightly faster—but otherwise have begun to offer a similar amount of storage at prices similar to those of portable drives. For faster storage that you access all the time, consider a more expensive portable solid-state drive instead.
Seagate Backup Plus Slim (2 TB)
The best portable hard drive
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is reliable, thin, and light, and it offers fast speeds at a reasonable cost.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $62.
The new version of the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is an update to the same drive we’ve recommended for the past five years, and it’s the only portable hard drive we’ve tested that doesn’t sacrifice size, speed, or reliability. Other 2 TB portable hard drives are significantly larger, performed slower in our tests, or have a failure rate that’s too high or are not reliable enough to recommend. The drive is available in a 1 TB version for a few dollars less, but we recommend the 2 TB model because it’s a great value and we saw fewer complaints about that version’s reliability. Seagate also includes a simple backup utility and subscriptions to photo software.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter