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Seagate Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus (500GB)

  • Summary: The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus is a good choice for the average home user who wants a fast and simple to use external hard drive for backup and storage. Mac users will want to find a different restore utility to use with it.
  • Pros: Fast write speeds, Includes backup and restore utilities, Generous five year warranty
  • Cons: The backup utility is a bit limited, Restore utility doesn't work for Mac users
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Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini 320GB

  • Summary: Hitachi's portable drive is a serviceable external drive that doesn't stand out in a market awash with them.
  • Pros: Solid case design, Includes backup software
  • Cons: Split USB cable required for power, Installs annoying toolbar by default
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Western Digital Corp. My Book Studio Edition (1TB)

  • Summary: The My Book Studio Edition is a welcome addition to the My Book family, and should find a home on many Mac and PC users' desks.
  • Pros: No fans, Little heat, Huge capacity, Attractive design, Five year warranty, Fully featured Mac software
  • Cons: Capacity indicator isn't accurate, Not the fastest eSATA drive
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Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

  • Summary: The Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive is an attractive, weightless drive with a decent price point for a drive of this capacity. Its size makes it great for travel, but the write speeds aren't up to par with other drives we've seen. We can't recommend it due to its lack of performance.
  • Pros: Large capacity for a travel drive, Very compact and light, USB 2.0 powered, Ships with backup software, Cool and quiet
  • Cons: No FireWire, Very slow write speeds
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable

  • Conclusion: This Seagate offers both the backwards compatibility of Firewire 800 and the future-proofing of Thunderbolt, without the need to spend the extra cash until such time as you need the extra functionality.
  • Pros: Fast; optional adaptors
  • Cons: Bulky Thunderbolt adaptor
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