The Best Portable Storage Options You Can Buy Right Now

Running out of space on your gadgets? These might just be what you need.

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(SPOT.ph) Online storage or cloud storage has taken over most of everyone’s day-to-day backup needs, which include keeping a copy of documents, photos, media files, and everything else in between. While cloud storage is quite convenient and accessible, it's highly dependent on your connection and larger files are easier to retrieve from physical backup device. 

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There are several options available for portable storage, specifically external hard drives, and choosing the right one can be a daunting prospect. Several factors have to be considered when it comes to shopping for a portable storage device. Apart from the usual price and storage capacity considerations, other important specs are storage media type, read/write speeds, interface, backup software, and OS compatibility. If you’re feeling a little intimidated, don’t worry, we got you. 

With reliability and portability in mind, here are the best storage devices you can shop now:

Western Digital My Passport (P3,390/1 TB, P4,984/2 TB, P8,490/4 TB)

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For quick backups and basic file storage, the My Passport series from Western Digital is a product line that most people would immediately recognize. Portable and lightweight, the My Passport drive is a sleek and trusty go-to for storing your important files. Available in several colors ranging from basic black to bright colors like yellow and orange, My Passport drives come in several capacities from 1 TB to 5 TB. The included WD Backup software can be configured for auto backups. The three-year warranty gives an additional bit of peace of mind for those worried about the drive’s reliability. Connection is fast via USB 3.0 port which is also backward compatible to USB 2.0.

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Seagate Backup Plus (P5,900/2 TB)

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No larger than a pocketbook, the Seagate Backup Plus is available with up to 4 TB of storage. As an additional storage option, the Backup Plus comes with 200 GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage good for two years. By default, the drive is formatted for Windows NTFS but software is also included to enable compatibility with Apple’s Mac OS. With the downloadable Seagate Dashboard software, users can automatically backup to cloud, perform mobile backups, and share on social media. Using the software, it’s easy to set up mobile devices such as iPhones or iPads to backup to the drive then backup to cloud storage. Plus, it comes in a stylish woven design!

Available on Lazada.

ADATA HD710 PRO (P2,999/1 TB)

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The HD710 Pro is made with extended durability in mind. For those who are more adventurous with active lifestyles, the HD710 Pro is designed to be tougher than your average portable storage. An IP68 certification means the hard drive can survive being submerged up to two meters under water for 60 minutes. The drive’s extra-rugged triple-layer construction also makes it withstand drops, shock, and vibration. Additional weather-sealing also gives the unit dust resistance. The built-in cable management design lets you store the included USB 3.0 cable on the unit itself. 

See a list of Adata stockists.

LaCie Porsche Design 3.0 (P3,800/1 TB)

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When it comes to design, the LaCie Porsche Design portable drive is a definite standout. The sleek and minimalist metal slab is machined from lightweight all-aluminum enclosure that reflects the stylish aesthetics of premium German product design house. It connects to computers via the faster and modern USB-C type connector. Data speeds top out at 5 Gbps, making it on par with a USB 3.1-enabled drive. Users can also install automatic backup software as well as password protection for the drive.

Available online.

Transcend Storejet 25H3 (P2,999/2 TB)

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Made by a company known for its flash memory, the Transcend Storejet 25H3 is designed for durabIlity without breaking the bank. Inside, it’s a USB 3.1 Gen 1 drive with a 5 Gbps transfer speed. Outside, the case has a three-stage shock protection system that’s made from silicone rubber, internal shock-absorbing structure, and a reinforced hard casing. It’s even tough enough to meet U.S. military drop-test standards. With one press of a button, the Transcend Elite software can enable an auto-backup sequence. 

See a list of Transcend stockists.

Samsung T5 SSD (P5,600/500 GB, P16,999/1 TB)

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Because it doesn’t have any moving parts to break down, solid state drives (SSD) are known for their reliability and speed. The Samsung T5 SSD can be connected via a blazing USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port with speeds topping out at 10 Gbps, double that of regular hard drives. The casing is constructed from aluminum giving it the appearance of a small power bank that's about the size of your palm. The compact internals of the T5 makes it top the scales at 51 grams.

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Ed Geronia Jr. is a gaming, technology, and screen writer. He worked previously as a magazine editor and as a co-founder of a mobile technology startup.  He is currently involved in creating immersive virtual reality experiences. Follow him on Twitter @edgeronia. 

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