Best portable drives of 2016


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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SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD

Rugged, fast and capacious, the SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD is an excellent portable drive.

Price: $541.20 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung Portable SSD T3

Compact, rugged, fast and capacious, the Portable SSD T3 is an excellent portable storage device to take on the go.

Price: $185.00 - $198.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

WD My Passport Ultra (Spring 2015)

WD announces the new version of the My Passport Ultra portable drive that's now available in multiple colors with up to 3TB of storage space.

4 stars Excellent

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt

If you want to keep your data safe from handling mishaps while getting the top Thunderbolt performance on the market, look no further than the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain portable drive.

Price: $790.98 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Seagate Expansion Portable Drive

Though it offers little in the way of bells and whistles, the Seagate Expansion delivers a ton of storage for cheap.

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.

Price: $377.98 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding