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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.

D-Link PowerLine AV 4-Port Switch (DHP-346AV)

A simple, inexpensive way to extend your network

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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.

LaCie P'9223 review: Porsche design and 120GB SSD at a decent price

The 120GB external SSD designed by Porche is a better deal than you think, and offers fast external storage in a good looking package.

G-Dock ev review: Thunderbolt speed compromised by dock's slow hard drives

While the G-Dock ev put some consideration into the design of this storage device, its performance isn't what it could be.

Review: Buffalo’s DriveStation DDR caches for superfast write performance

This external USB 3.0 hard drive boasts write performance rivaling that of an external SSD.

The D-Link DIR-651 Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router

Great performance and extensive features in an affordable package

Review: The Patriot Aero streams media without wires—not even a power cable

The Patriot Aero creates a Wi-Fi hotspot for multimedia streaming, and it works well. In battery life and performance, however, it's a step behind the competition.

Review: Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD brings big storage to tight spaces

The Laptop Ultrathin HDD's name says it all: Just 5mm thick, this hard drive with decent performance will allow thinner laptop form factors and could be used in tablets, too.

OCZ's Vertex 450 SSD delivers solid top-tier performance

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While not as fast as the company's top-of-the-line Vector, the affordable Vertex 450 comes close, and is certainly fast enough for the average user.

Review: The Seagate 600 SSD is a great consumer-oriented first effort

Seagate's makes a solid entry into the consumer SSD fray.

Review: Aegis Bio 3.0 hard drive ideal for security conscious users

Apricorn’s Aegis Bio 3.0 pairs solid performance with enhanced security features to create a nice, all-around external hard drive.