Budget-friendly external hard drives for portable storage

By Siddharth Parwatay | Published on 21 Aug 2020
Budget-friendly external hard drives for portable storage

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Portable Storage in the form of external hard drive needs to deliver on three basic things: firstly such drives need to be non-bulky for greater mobility, they should possess enough space to store almost anything required, and finally have decent data transfer speeds. Here are some great options available on Amazon that are budget-friendly and at the same time aim to fulfil those aforementioned needs. These hard drives are all 1TB and were chosen based on their features and specifications.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD – Light Blue USB 3.0 for PC Laptop and Mac

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is a stylish and good looking external hard drive with an elegant brushed metal finish that is available in several colours. It is easily pocketable, measuring only 11.5 x 7.8 x 1.2cm and weighing 159g. It promises up to 120MBps in data transfer speeds on the USB 3.0 interface which helps in transferring data between different computers extremely fast. It is completely plug and play on both Windows and macOS, so you don’t have to worry about drivers or formatting when switching between operating systems. A 3-year warranty also backs it for peace of mind. As a bonus, it comes with a 1-year subscription to Mylio Create and a 2-month subscription to Adobe Photography CC which are great value additions and make the Seagate Backup Plus Slim an amazing proposition if those services interest you.

Western Digital WD 1TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive

The Western Digital WD My Passport is a slim, portable external hard drive that fits in the palm of your hand. It measures a diminutive 10.7 x 7.5 x 1.1cm and tips the scales at a light 118g. It is constructed from high-quality plastic and features an interesting half corrugated design that looks striking. It offers a ‘Superspeed’ USB 3.0 port that is backwards compatible with regular USB 2.0 ports which means you don’t have to worry about where you plug your portable drive into. There is also hardware-based 256 bit AES encryption present here, which is a high-end security feature not normally found in this budget segment. A 3-year limited manufacturer’s warranty gives you the confidence to depend on this hard drive. If security and reliability are of paramount importance to you, the Western Digital WD My Passport should be a great purchase.

Toshiba Canvio Basic 1TB A3 USB3.0 (Black)

The Toshiba Canvio Basic A3 offers an understated, muted aesthetic that blends in well with a professional environment with a sleek matte black finish. While it is a little thick, coming in at 10.9 x 7.8 x 1.4cm and 150g, still very easy to transport. It features an inbuilt shock sensor to better handle being dropped and keep your data safe. It is completely plug and play, meaning that you can just easily drag and drop your files onto the drive for storage. It offers USB 3.0 support and has a 5400RPM HDD on the inside to give you speedy access to your data whenever you need it. For a portable external hard drive for use in a professional environment, the Toshiba Canvio Basic A3 should definitely be considered.

Lenovo F309 USB3.0 1TB External Hard Disk, Grey

The Lenovo F309 is the archetypal portable external hard drive – a very basic clean and tidy design with no bells and whistles and good performance. The stark design is broken up just by a simple Lenovo logo and a multicolour device status LED indicator, which helps keep an eye on your transfers. It is relatively small at 11.6 x 7.7 x 1.3cm and is astonishingly light at just 99.8g. It has a claimed transfer speed of 5000 megabits per second (625 megabytes per second) which is blazing fast and at the top end of the maximum speed possible over a USB connection. Discrete circuits inside the casing for surge protection and dissipating static electricity helps keep your data safe from any accidents. If you are looking for a simple portable solution on a tight budget, the Lenovo F309 is worth a look.

Siddharth Parwatay

Siddharth a.k.a. staticsid is a bigger geek than he'd like to admit. Sometimes even to himself.

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