Cheap portable drives (summer 2012)

Take your data with you, without spending an arm and a leg. CNET rounds up the top 5 USB 3.0 portable drives under $100.

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While everyone has become distracted with storing their data in "the cloud," portable drives have been quietly evolving. Today's crop of bus-powered portable drives offer unbelievably compact designs, terrabytes of capacity, and blazing fast USB 3.0 speeds that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

The best news is that there are several great portable drive options out there under $100. CNET Senior Editor Dong Ngo has an ongoing roundup of them over on CNET's Crave blog. I asked him to rank his current picks, and here you have it.

For more hard-drive recommendations, check out CNET's constantly updated list of top drives. And for more Top 5 videos, head over to our Top 5 blog or subscribe in iTunes.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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