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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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: $699.00 - $749.95 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.

Price: $149.00 - $161.98 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

WD Elements Portable

Though not the fastest on the market, the WD Elements' large capacity makes it an excellent deal considering its low price.

Price: $149.00 - $153.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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

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.

Price: $376.98 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

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