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Posted 29 March 2010 - 08:07 PM
Posted 29 March 2010 - 09:31 PM
Portable Drives vs. External Drives
There are two different types of stand-alone storage products: those aimed at maximum mobility, and ones that cater to high capacity or performance. High performance external storage devices increasingly connect via eSATA to alleviate the aforementioned USB 2.0 and FireWire bottlenecks, and some models even implement RAID technology to increase data safety, performance, and capacity.
In contrast, portable drives for mobile users don’t have to provide maximum performance, but they need to be light, small, and flexible. All of the drives we tested can be operated via the power provided by a USB 2.0 port, so they don’t need an additional power supply. They do not get hot, and they’re more than acceptable from a noise standpoint.
However, their style, software bundles, usability, and warranty differ a lot.
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Posted 30 March 2010 - 04:46 PM
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