Portable External Hard Drive
December 28, 2010 8:02 AM   Subscribe

Can someone recommend a good, fast, robust 1TB Portable External Hard Drive.

I've just got a new Macbook Air (256GB), I've got far too much media and would like a portable hard drive to back up/store my large amounts of media. The new Macbook Air only has a USB 2.0 connection.

I'd like it to be (i)very portable (ii) fast (USB2.0 is painfully slow as it is), (iii) aesthetically pleasing (sorry).

I'd like to spend no more than £100 or $150.

Thanks for your help Hive!
posted by freud to Technology (4 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Not sure how you feel about blue, but here's one that fits your specs. Unless you hate blue, in which case it fails (iii).
posted by Grither at 8:15 AM on December 28, 2010

And I can't read.... I saw (ii) as USB 2.0 is too slow. Maybe this one? It's white instead of blue, and below your budget.
posted by Grither at 8:20 AM on December 28, 2010

I'm not sure how you're going to get faster than USB 2.0 when the Air only has a USB 2.0 port...

That said, you can get 1 TB portable 2.5" drives for 129 or so.
posted by wongcorgi at 8:27 AM on December 28, 2010

Your limiting factor will always be USB 2.0 in this situation.

This is what you want:
Seagate Free Agent GoFlex Pro

A couple of key elements:
1. The GoFlex Pro (versus the regular GoFlex line) has a faster 7200 RPM drive
2. The interchangeable cables - you can purchase USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, and eSATA (fastest) connections all for this one drive.

That way you have a fast external drive, with many connection options for other computers.
posted by shinynewnick at 8:42 AM on December 28, 2010 [2 favorites]

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