Top 5 Portable Hard Drives

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Summary

The Seagate FreeAgent Go looks sleek and is available in 9 colors. Wide availability and the 5 year warranty make it our winner.

Looks good, performs well, but glossy casing is prone to fingerprints and scratches. Limited by the USB 2.0 speed limit.

Internally, it uses a performance oriented WD Scorpio hard disk drive. Widely available and offers a choice of nine colors.

Innovative design. Bundled software allows backing up files, but adds online backup and protects your PC from viruses/spyware.

Casing is slightly rubberized. The Y-cable for USB connectivity is a good add on, but the two year warranty is a letdown.

PCWorld Rating
89 Very Good
89 Very Good
86 Very Good
83 Very Good
78 Good
Price (Rs.)
2,950
2,800
3,000
3,100
2,750

Features & Specifications

Bundled software

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

One-touch backup button

No

No

No

No

Yes

Activity indicator LED

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Warranty (Years)

5

5

5

5

2

Back-up (or sync) software

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Data encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

HDD Buffer (in MB)

8

8

8

8

8

Formatted Capacity (in GB)

298.1

298.1

298.1

298.1

298.1

Performance

PC Mark 05 HDD test suite

3093

3307

3264

3265

3312

Read Access Avg (milliseconds)

22.04

17.65

17.66

18.03

17.34

Random Read Avg (MB/s)

30.6

31

31

31.1

31.1

Random Write Avg (MB/s)

30.7

30.6

30.4

30.7

30.6

Linear Write Avg (MB/s)

30.6

31.7

31.6

32.8

32.7

PC Mark 05 HDD Virus Scan (MB/s)

26.53

29.89

28.98

30.89

29.64

CPU usage (percentage)

8

9

9

8

10