We all know the importance of backing up our files and important documents just in case our compeer soddenly decides to crash on us. It is a sad fact of life that computers do fail, and often do so at the worst possible moment. Sadly, hard drives do not last forever.
One of the easiest, most convenient and cheapest ways to ensure that you do not lose any files or data, is to use a portable disc drive. But how do you know which ones are reliable and are value for money? This is a difficult question to answer, as technology is forever changing and new portable disk drives are forever entering the market. But there are a few things you can do to make sure that you get the best possible portable disc drive for your needs and at your available budget.
Do your homework – Research
It’s always important to read up on the latest portable disc drives and what they offer. Read reviews from lading industry experts, as well as customer reviews, so as to give you a rounded opinion on their pros and cons.
So what is the best portable disk drive?
Well we can only really go on what the industry experts at BackBlaze tell us, and that is that drives made by HGST (formerly Hitachi) and Toshiba, seem to be the most reliable. This is due to their high quality manufacturing standards, copious amounts of research and months of testing out their products. So it would seem that opting for portable disc drives from these two leading manufactures would be a sensible choice.
Three of the Best
Seagates has a strong reputation for reliability and affordability. The 1 TB Expandable Portable Hard Drive is slim and very portable. It can store up to 30,0000 digital photos. It is quick to install with no set up needed. You simply ‘drag and drop’ those files that you want to back up.
As already mentioned Toshiba is a brand to trust and the Canvio Portable Hard Drive, available as a 1 TB drive, is a great choice. Once again it is lightweight, compact and transfers files incredibly quickly. No set up is required, you just plug in and go.
Finally the Touro Mobile from HGST also has a 1TB memory and is good to go straight form the box. Set up is minimal and transferring what you need on the drive is self explanatory.
What can you do if you lose your files?
If you do encounter problems with your hard drive and manage to lose files and data, then there are services out there who can get that information back for you. One such
data recovery service is that of datarecoveryspecialists.co.uk. They can quickly asses the damage and offer a free diagnostic service to recover your files.
It is very important that you regularly back up your files and other important docs and data, and a portable hard drive is your best option.