When you're shopping for an external hard drive there's plenty to consider beyond capacity: transfer rates, SSD or platter drive, material finish, design and portability. We created this mini roundup that spans from drives to fit in your pocket up to spacious desktop models meant to stay put...
Small and Expensive: LaCie FastKey 120GB
You can fit the LaCie anywhere. It looks like a standard USB flash drive, but this one is a bit special. It bridges the gap between traditional USB drives and big hard drives. 120GB of data stored on solid state drive means transfer rates are about 93 Mb/s. 3 sizes: 30, 60 and 120 GB are available and includes powerful AES 256 encryption and a two year subscription to a cloud service providing 4GB storage. $449 for 120 GB.
Shockproof and Hard Wearing: Transcend StoreJet 25M3
The Transcend is encased in three layers of protective materials, including a shock absorbing silicone shell and re-enforced outer case. 256-bit AES encryption and one touch backup are standard. USB 3.0 compatible offering transfer speeds of 5GB/s. 750GB capacity means a lot of storage space for the little money you will pay.
Stylish and Good For Small Scale Backups: Verbatim Store 'n' Go
SSD is the name of the game here. Capacity is not that huge (32GB) but enough for those small backups on your portable devices. Design wise, the Verbatim is top notch. Great brushed aluminum case and a lot smaller than traditional drives thanks to the solid state drive. Write speed is 60 MB/s and its performance puts it in a different level than regular flash drives.
Traditional and Big: HP SimpleSave External Hard Drive
USB 3.0 compatible and 3TB of capacity. This is the drive you should get if your backup is huge. All pictures, songs, movies and docs will be securely stored on this external drive. Performance is exceptional which is important if you are backing up enormous amount of data. 1GB of data took 17 seconds. Comes with SimpleSave software, which is great for quick backups. $199