Best portable hard drives (under 1TB)

The best external HDDs from Seagate, Western Digital, LaCie and Hitachi

Portable hard drives are the ideal product when you require data on the go. Whether you're doing business abroad or simply want to take some movies to a mate's house, they provide an elegant and fuss-free solution. In the following roundup, we highlight some of the best portable hard drives from Seagate, Western Digital, LaCie and Hitachi. To read our in-depth review of each product, click on the model names.

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Hitachi SimpleTOUGH (500GB)

The Hitachi SimpleTOUGH external hard drive's rugged enclosure and embedded USB 2.0 cable make it a good option for carting around data, though style-conscious road warriors may want to look elsewhere.

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  • 26th March, 2010
  • James Hutchinson
  • Hitachi
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  • Pros:
  • Reasonable cost per formatted gigabyte, embedded USB cable, rugged enclosure
  • Cons:
  • No optimised USB drivers, isn't bundled with a DC power adapter

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