Today, the computer systems are evolving at a mind-boggling speed. The need to install newer applications is making the available space to appear smaller and highly insufficient. Increasing the hard drive storage space therefore, becomes necessary. External hard drives are a product of time where new technologies are being churned out almost on a regular basis. This demands more storage space for installing new software and other applications. The external hard drives are devices that sit outside the main enclosure of a given computer system. Let us understand more about such products through reviews presented below.
Reviews of External Hard Drives
The reviews for few of the best products are presented through following paragraphs.
This hard drive has a capacity of 2 TB and comes with USB 3.0 port. The USB 3.0 allows speedy transfer of data including HD movies; the port is also compatible with the USB 2.0. Specialty of this hard drive is its compact design. The aluminum-encased LaCie Minimus hard drive is not only elegant in its appearance, but also quite sturdy. This casing allows for improvement in heat dissipation; it is also recyclable. The Software Suite which comes with this hard drive disk offers support for backup in both the Macintosh and PCs. This product is priced at $170.
G-DRIVE Q 2TB
This hard drive from G-Technology offers a storage capacity of 2 TB. The type of this disk drive is SATA II. Its cache memory is 32 MB. The G-DRIVE comes with technologies like FireWire 800, USB and 3Gbit eSATA supporting the transfer of different forms of data. The eSATA port enables data transfer at a speed of up to 100 MB/sec. Another interesting feature of this external hard drive is its support of music production tools. The different tools being supported are Logic Studio, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, Digital Performer, etc. The aluminum casing of G-DRIVE enhances its appearance. It is one of the best hard drives for mac. This device is priced at $330.
Western Digital My Book 3.0
This hard drive comes with a USB 3.0 PCI Express card and therefore, has a good speed. It is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Backward compatibility with the USB 2.0 makes it even more convenient to use. This product is considered suitable for desktop computer systems. On the flip-side, My Book 3.0 hard drive cannot be upgraded. The product is available in two versions of 1TB and 2TB. The 1TB hard drive is priced at around $200 while the one with capacity of 2TB costs $280. Design of the hard drive is attractive and resembles the shape of a book. The earlier, 2.0 version is cheaper by $50 than the My Book 3.0.
Toshiba Canvio Basics
Capacity of this hard drive is 320 GB. There is no need to install a software to use this device. The port used for this hard drive is USB 2.0. The compact size and weight of 8.8 oz. makes the hard drive easy to carry. Internal Shock Sensor installed in this disk protects it from damage. This product comes with a 3-year warranty. Price of the Toshiba Canvio Basics is $90.
Seagate 4TB GoFlex Desk
This external hard drive disk is known to have the highest storage capacity i.e. 4TB among all other single-volume devices. This hard drive is an upgrade to FreeAgent GoFlex Desk. The adaptor which comes with Seagate 4TB GoFlex Desk is the USB 3.0. Other connections like the FireWire or eSATA do not work with this adaptor. Separate adaptors have to be purchased for these ports. The hard drive is priced at $250.
It is observed that external hard drives tend to wear out quickly in comparison to other computer accessories. One should therefore, choose only the best product available in the market.