Iomega eGo, Capacity: 500GB
Why we like it: It rules our Top 10 Portable Hard Drives chart.
The eGo is fast and it has a unique design (read: it's red and shiny). This $100 drive has FireWire 400 and 800 ports to complement a USB 2.0 port, and it comes equipped with two pieces of useful software--Retrospect Express and Iomega QuikProtect--to simplify backups.
A-Data Sport SH93, Capacity: 320GB
Why we like it: The Sport SH93 has an impressively rugged design.
Need a hard drive that can last through your outdoor adventures--or survive a fall from your desk? Check out the A-Data Sport SH93, a 320GB portable USB hard drive built to be extremely durable. The $115 Sport SH93 lacks bundled software, but it can handle many office or outdoor mishaps. It's waterproof, to resist coffee spills and spring showers; its case is rugged, to shrug off bumps and falls; and it's bright yellow to make it easy to find.
Rocstor Rocport ID9, Capacity; 320GB
Why we like it: The Rocport ID9 is a lively-looking triple-Interface drive.
For an aesthetically pleasing triple-interface drive, try the Rocstor Rocport ID9 320GB portable hard drive. Its punchy red-and-black design packs FireWire 400, FireWire 800, andUSB 2.0 interfaces in a boxy but stylish case.
Like other Rocstor models, the $140 Rocport ID9 comes without bundled software, so this drive is most suitable for experienced users.
CMS V2ABS, Capacity: 500GB
Why we like it: The V2ABS carries some uniquely useful software.
The $195 CMS V2ABS 500GB hard drive. is noteworthy for its unique drive-mirroring software. CMS's proprietary BounceBack Professional program lets you boot from the portable drive if your system's main hard drive fails, making the V2ABS 500GB ideal as a backup device for a PC that contains lots of crucial and time-sensitive data.
This USB 2.0-only drive has a sturdy case designed to withstand minor bumps and drops.
Western Digital My Passport Elite, Capacity: 500GB or 1TB
Why we like it: Both this 500GB model and its 1TB sibling provide big capacity in a space-saving size.
The Western Digital My Passport Elite SE comes with your choice of 500GB (shown) or 1TB of capacity. For a 2.5-inch device, that's an impressive combination of portability and storage space. Either version of the My Passport Elite features an LED gauge on the front to track available storage capacity--an especially helpful feature if you use multiple drives.
Though the My Passport Elite is a USB 2.0-only drive, it comes with versatile WD SmartWare software and a low-profile docking station. The 500GB model costs $130, the 1TB version, $179.
Seagate FreeAgent Go, Capacity: 500GB or 1TB
Why we like it: The FreeAgent Go offers large capacity, folder-level syncing, and individual file selection.
The Seagate FreeAgent Go comes in two capacities: a 500GB model (shown) for $145, and a heftier 1TB version for $199. Both versions of the drive come with a handy docking station for easier storage.
Though the FreeAgent Go has only a USB 2.0 port, its backup and security software supports folder-level syncing and allows you to modify file selections for your backups individually.
Samsung S1 Mini, Capacity: 120GB
Why we like it: The S1 Mini offers extreme portability.
Though it has a relatively small storage capacity of 120GB, the Samsung S1 Mini packs a lot of power into its tiny body. Its SecretZone software creates password-protected images that you can activate for extra security, and the drive carries uncomplicated backup software as well.
This pint-size $85 drive makes an ideal travel companion and can slip easily into your back pocket.
Rocstor Airhawk A9, Capacity: 320GB
Why we like it: The Airhawk A9 is a fast performer.
The Rocstor Airhawk A9 is a sleek triple-interface drive that works as speedily as an eSATA-connected back-up drive. It supports USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800 interfaces, and offers 320GB of storage space.
This high-speed $135 portable drive's chief drawback is that it lacks bundled software.
WiebeTech ToughTech XE Mini, Capacity: 500GB
Why we like it: The ToughTech XE Mini is a quad-interface drive with a speedy eSATA option.
The 500GB WiebeTech ToughTech XE Mini ($200) is a great drive if you're looking for maximum interface flexibility--it comes with dual FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports. In particular, this quad-interface drive's eSATA interface gives it exceptional speed.
Though it lacks security software and USB bus power, the ToughTech XE Mini can fly.