Don't-Miss Hard drive Stories
Here are PCWorld's four favorite portable drives, for PC users. All of them have been tested in the PCWorld labs.
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.
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.
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.
A simple, inexpensive way to extend your network
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.
The 120GB external SSD designed by Porche is a better deal than you think, and offers fast external storage in a good looking package.
While the G-Dock ev put some consideration into the design of this storage device, its performance isn't what it could be.
This external USB 3.0 hard drive boasts write performance rivaling that of an external SSD.
Great performance and extensive features in an affordable package
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.
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.
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.
Seagate's makes a solid entry into the consumer SSD fray.
Apricorn’s Aegis Bio 3.0 pairs solid performance with enhanced security features to create a nice, all-around external hard drive.