Hard drives for your pocket

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.

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CMS V2 ABS Rugged

CMS Products' long-standing ABSplus backup system for laptops remains a winner in our book for its smooth integration of a portable backup drive with CMS's BounceBack Professional backup and recovery software. (BounceBack uniquely makes it easy to create a bootable, native-file backup of your system's hard drive.) The 5400-rpm drives are now available in capacities up to 320GB, and CMS is one of the few drive makers to offer 7200-rpm versions, too (80GB and 160GB).

The company's latest (pictured here) takes that concept and toughens it up, creating the V2 ABS Rugged. According to the listed specs, this model is designed to withstand 300 Gs of operating shock and over 1000 Gs of nonoperating shock. At least some of the ruggedness comes from the bumper surrounding the otherwise sleek drive.

This drive includes BounceBack Enterprise, with AES 256-bit encryption and real-time continuous data protection.

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