Portable hard drives, in all their pocket-size splendor, now pack in plenty of storage space. Capacities up to 500GB (plus a 1TB network-attached option) and a veritable candy store of colors make choosing a portable hard drive fun.
Of any manufacturer, Buffalo Technologies has the widest variety of portable hard drives in its lineup. The tiny Shinobi turns heads: This pocket-size wonder measures just 0.2 inch thick and weighs less than 2 ounces. Inside the shiny chassis are a 1.8-inch, 5400-rpm hard drive (choice of 30GB and 60GB capacities) and a flip-out, flat USB cable. Buffalo includes its SecureLockMobile encryption software and Memeo AutoBackup for real-time backup (on Mac or PC), as well as Memeo LifeAgent and Memeo AutoSync. The company also tosses in mobile versions of the Mozilla Firefox Web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client, so you can take your data with you.