Best external hard drives for back to school

Amp up your laptop or PC's hard drive space with an external disk

If you've got an older PC or laptop and need some more storage space for school -- for some movies or music, or if you've just bought a new digital camera or camcorder for class -- an easy way to fix this is to buy an external hard drive. We've listed a couple of reliable models for a variety of machines.

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Hitachi Australia G-Drive Mini

Hitachi's G-Drive Mini is aimed at users who need a portable drive but don't want to sacrifice performance. Inside is a reasonably speedy 7200RPM 500GB drive: not as quick as an SSD, but faster than the majority of external drives on the market. If your laptop has FireWire 800 the G-Drive Mini is a great external drive, but using USB 2.0 doesn't reveal its full performance.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 6th Feb., 2012
  • Campbell Simpson
  • Hitachi Australia
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 3.75
  • $ 169.95
  • Pros:
  • Fast transfer speeds for an external drive
  • Plenty of connection options
  • Cons:
  • High price at RRP
  • Bulky enclosure
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