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At a Glance

This inexpensive, slick-looking drive comes with a programmable backup button and preloaded backup and security software.

Lowest price: $100.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Backup button

Cons

  • Lacks software CD
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At a Glance

Very stylish portable drive comes preloaded with file syncing and encryption software.

Lowest price:

Pros

  • Superior hardware design
  • Slick case that holds cord

Cons

  • Preloaded software lacks CD
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At a Glance

Top-peforming triple interface drive comes with shock-proof rubber rimming, but it's expensive.

Price when rated: $360

Pros

  • Shock-proof rubber enclosure
  • Triple interface

Cons

  • Expensive
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At a Glance

Full-featured drive comes with built-in USB cable, three-year warranty and disk-imaging, backup, and encryption software.

Pros

  • Ample software bundle
  • Neoprene case
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At a Glance

Large-capacity drive performed slowly but comes with backup button, stand, and ample software.

Pros

  • 750GB capacity
  • Backup button

Cons

  • Slow performance
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At a Glance

This triple-interface drive looks pretty, but its peformance was lackluster.

Pros

  • Triple interface drive
  • Triple interface drive

Cons

  • Fair performance
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At a Glance

Fast eSATA drive has a nicely designed case that has removable drive bays and a plastic key to lock enclosure.

Pros

  • Fast eSATA connection
  • Removable drive bays

Cons

  • No bundled software
  • Expensive
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At a Glance

eSATA desktop drive is fast and inexpensive; it comes with basic backup, encryption, and disk-imaging software.

Pros

  • Top eSATA performance
  • Ample software bundle

Cons

  • Basic design
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