We assess 25 of the hottest external hard disk drives from Cavalry, Iomega, LaCie, Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital, and more.
We'll ignore the usual analogies to its arrival in the nick of time. Still, there's something about a company that lists 49 different desktop external drives in sizes ranging from 80 GB to 1 TB on its Web site.
CAXM01T0 Capacity: 160, 250, 300, 320, 400, 500, 750 GB, 1 TB Interface: USB, eSATA Durability Rating: Tip-over Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps, 3 GBps External Power Supply: Yes Fan: Yes Dimensions: 7.8" x 4.9" x 1.3" Weight: N/A Price: $225 (1 TB) Web Site
While "CAXM01T0" may be an uninspiring name, this particular drive has a 1-TB capacity and can connect via USB or eSATA. Not only does it arrive with a USB cable, but there's also a SATA to eSATA port adapter that mounts to the back panel of your PC.
CAUQ25160 Capacity: 100, 120, 160 GB Interface: USB Durability Rating: Tip-over Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps External Power Supply: No Fan: No Dimensions: 5.0" x 3.2" x 0.2" Weight: 4.8 oz. Price: $118 (120 GB) Web Site
The CAUQ25160 is a 160-GB, USB-only device that's powered either through your USB port or via a 5v adapter. Provided copy software will let you duplicate files or clone another drive and the CAUQ25160's biometric security should be able to keep it all safe.
Right now a one-hit wonder, Fortress has created an impressive drive with near drop-kick resistance.
Fortress Capacity: 60, 80, 100, 120 GB Interface: USB, FireWire Durability Rating: All-terrain Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps, 400 Mbps External Power Supply: Yes Fan: No Dimensions: 1.1" x 4.52" x 5.86" Weight: 15 oz. Price: $949 (120 GB) Web Site
At 15 ounces, the Fortress drive is a comparative lightweight with 60-, 80-, 100-, and 120-GB capacity options. This is a rugged drive that's packed in an aluminum alloy enclosure that Fortress describes as incorporating a Visco-Elastic Dynamic Dampening System that will survive a 7-foot fall. It also claims that the drive is immune to severe vibration during operation. Connectivity options include both USB and FireWire.
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