Best portable drives of 2015


When it comes to storage, you definitely don't want to risk getting stuck with a lemon. But you likely don't want to spend too much, either, and want your storage device to be easily accessible, especially on the go since there's not much use for your data if it always has to stay at home. If that's what's on your mind, consider this list for your next purchase. These are the top portable drives that offers great performance, excellent design, and helpful backup software.

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Rugged design meets extreme performance

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt

The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series is an excellent portable drive thanks to its great performance, flexible and rugged design, and friendly pricing.

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4.5 stars Outstanding

Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ (256GB)

The Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ is by far the fastest portable drive to date and, for power users, totally worth the investment.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Samsung Portable SSD T1

Other than its cost, the Samsung Portable SSD T1 is what any portable drive should be.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Seagate Seven Portable Drive

If you need only a moderate amount of external storage space, the Seagate Seven is an excellent investment, thanks both to its design and performance.

4 stars Excellent

Top capacity USB 3.0 portable drive

Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)

Seagate's new Backup Plus Fast portable drive is the quickest and most capacious compact external hard drive to date. Here's CNET's full review of the storage device.

4.5 stars Outstanding

WD My Passport Ultra

The WD My Passport Ultra is one of the best portable drives you can buy with software that makes backups fast and easy.

4 stars Excellent

WD My Passport Slim (1TB)

The speedy My Passport Slim is an excellent mobile backup and storage expansion option. Its rugged, metal-casing design is a great extra, considering its affordable cost.

4 stars Excellent

WD My Passport series (Spring 2012)

The WD My Passport Portable makes an excellent portable drive for use with both desktop and laptop computers, at home or while on the road.

4 stars Excellent WD My Passport series (Spring 2012)

Seagate Backup Plus

Seagate Backup Plus carries the flexibility of the GoFlex portable drive while adding performance and style to portable storage. The new drive makes an excellent buy.

4 stars Excellent

Toshiba Canvio Slim II

For anyone owning a USB 3.0-ready laptop, the speedy and compact Toshiba Canvio Slim II makes an excellent companion for both storage expansion and data backup purposes.

4 stars Excellent

Seagate Wireless Plus (1TB)

If you have a digital library that's larger than the capacity of your tablet and want to bring it all with you on the go, the Wireless Plus is arguably the best choice on the market.

4 stars Excellent