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Choosing a portable drive that's right for youCNET's Dong Ngo talks about how easy it is to pick a portable drive that fits your needs.
[MUSIC] Hi guys, the fastest way to carry a lot of extra data with you on the go is on a portable drive. Now see there are so many question here. A few simple things to keep in mind. First the connection. Basically you want a drive that can plug into the computer. There's two main types now. Thunderbolt And the USB. Thunderbolt is very fast, and [INAUDIBLE] Just make sure your computer has it too. Now USB is a bit more complicated because even though it is everywhere, you want a drive to support your speed 3.0 or 3.1 because your speed 2.0 and earlier Are very slow. Also there's a new connector now called USB-C, which will be the only USB connector in the future. So if you want your drive to work now and few years from now, get one that has a USB-C. In fact, if you have a new MacBook, which I do, USB-C is the only option. Next is the performance. If you want a fast drive for heavy tasks such as HD movie editing or if you need to quickly transfer a large amount of data form one place to another get a drive that houses inside a solid state drive, or SSD. On the other hand, if you just want to do daily backup drops or if you have an old computer A hard drive-based portable drive will do. Finally the capacity, obviously the more the better, but also means more expensive. Especially if you opt for an SSD drive. And that's it. Up close there's only one way to be absolutely sure that you get the best drive on the market Do what I do, and get all of it. Every single [UNKNOWN] and then maybe you can even take over my job. Not my name though, because that's the only one they'll know, and he's looking at you. [UNKNOWN] look back. [MUSIC]