Hard Drives For Worry-Free Backups
Many of us need an external hard drive to back up their data from their laptops. Some drives are expensive and some do not offer the right capacities. Also it depends how portable you want it to be. We are listing down hard drives that will meet the requirements as per individual’s needs.
With hard drives, its value that often wins the day and while Segate’s Expansion does it on sheer bang for your buck, Samsung’s M3 is the best value drive in the portable segment. It is Rs 4,428 for 1TB, and Rs 6,380 for 2TB. A 500GB version is also available but we don’t recommend it, as it’s not much cheaper than the 1TB version. Like many portable drives, it is USB powered. It also features some PC software that enables you to password protect your drive.
WD My Passport Ultra
At just 15mm thick, the 1TB USB-powered My Passport Ultra is not only available in several colours (black, blue, red and grey) but also features hardware encryption and auto-backup software (WD SmartWare Pro) for your PC. Should you wish, you can even use this to create a further backup in your Dropbox. A nice feature for complete peace of mind. It’s also shock-tolerant. Mac users will need to reformat the drive, as it is formatted for NTFS out of the box. There’s also a 2TB version available, too, though the 2TB version of Samsung’s M3 represents much better value.
This drive may look basic but the basic model boasts 2TB of storage for just under Rs 6370 (MRP Rs 9820). You also get 3TB variants for Rs 9,160 and 4TB for Rs 11,708. It’s our pick of the bunch for sheer space and simplicity. We think it’s probably best suited for storing files you access rarely, such as archive photos.
Toshiba Canvio Basics
One of the only drives where the 500GB is expressively low-priced than the 1TB, which means you can have fanciful portable storage for not much over Rs 4,000. The 1TB is also slightly cheaper than the Samsung, but it still loses out the Samsung in this list simply because, well, it’s also a bit ugly. And for a portable drive, you want something that you can carry it easily.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 8, 2016 5:41 AM UTC