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Best portable hard drives: These models earned our highest ratings

Here are PCWorld's four favorite portable drives, for PC users. All of them have been tested in the PCWorld labs.

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Seagate Backup Plus Fast review: Double the capacity, double the speed

With two 2TB hard drives striped in RAID 0, this portable hard drive provides twice the capacity, and nearly twice the speed of single-drive products.

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Western Digital Black2 Dual Drive review: Not the killer storage upgrade it could be

Kudos to WD for combining SSD read performance and hard-drive capacity in a single package, but a high price tag and slow SSD write performance complicate the buying decision.

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Review: The Toshiba Q Series Pro SSD delivers top performance at a discount

Though a couple of ticks slower than the Samsung 840 Pro, the Q Series SSDs are still top performers, and they're heavily discounted online.

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HDDerase.exe review: Freeware utility securely erases drives the old-fashioned way

This command-line utility is an oldie, but that's just because it doesn't need to change. If your drive's not in a frozen security state, it works like a charm to invoke the ATA secure erase command.