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Best portable drives of 2014

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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.

Price: $279.99 - $299.95 Check prices

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.

Price: $433.39 - $519.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Fast and affordable, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is one of the best deals on the market for those who want lots of storage space on the go.

Price: $99.99 - $265.21 Check prices

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: $267.28 - $466.13 Check prices

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.

Price: $99.99 - $244.69 Check prices

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.

Price: $57.99 - $108.77 Check prices

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.

Price: $124.99 - $234.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt

Versatile, good-looking, and fast enough for most applications, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 makes an excellent buy for those looking for a portable Thunderbolt storage device.

Price: $169.99 - $279.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $72.00 - $144.97 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Silicon Power Armor A80

The Silicon Power Armor A80 makes an excellent portable drive for travelers and home offices alike.

Price: $79.99 - $114.23 Check prices

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.

Price: $55.99 - $153.74 Check prices

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.

Price: $143.99 - $352.11 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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