The Hitachi SimpleTough is by far the most indestructible external hard drive we've tested, capable of surviving drops of up to 10 feet and up to one ton of pressure. With a built-in USB cable, two-tiered data security package, and an impressive three-year warranty, we have no issue recommending this external hard drive to shoppers looking for space and security.
Hitachi debuts two new external hard drives, one of which can withstand a 1-ton commercial class truck.
The LaCie Rugged external hard drive might have garnered high marks in the past, but after four years of the same design, it's fallen behind competing drives that offer tougher, more-attractive designs that cost less. If you need storage space in a protective package, we recommend models from Iomega, Transcend, and Hitachi instead.
500 GB model discontinued.
Check out the 1 TB model.
LaCie clearly spent a lot of time designing the look and feel of the Starck Mobile Hard Drive, but it trips up on the basic essentials like weight, ease of use, cost per gigabyte, and transfer speed. Hard-core design geeks will get a kick out of its funky case, but everyone else should check out the Fujitsu HandyDrive, which offers more storage space for less.
The G-Tech G-Drive Mobile's Mac-friendly formatting, triple interface design, and snappy throughput performance make it a worthwhile storage solution for Apple users.
LaCie's Rikiki mobile USB hard drive is an elegant storage solution that comes in three sizes up to 640GB. Its simple design exudes timeless style in a very affordable package. As long as you're not a stickler for fast transfer speeds, the LaCie Rikiki will make a worthwhile addition to your mobile arsenal.
The G-Tech G-Drive Mobile USB's Mac-friendly formatting and good performance make it a worthwhile storage solution for Apple users who don't need FireWire support.
Though other external hard drives offer a preset menu of ports, the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex cuts costs by letting you pick from a buffet of "personality cables" so that you buy only the connections that suit your system profile. We applaud Seagate for making data backups easier than ever, and recommend the FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drive for extra data storage now and easy upgrades in the future.