Windows 10: Recommendations On: PORTABLE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES Solved

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  1. Posts : 120
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
       18 Jun 2017 #1


    Ello Folks!
    Looking to get the Portable Hard-drive thats right for me.
    I want to mainly keep documents on this and some other stuff.
    Like pictures but not a ton. Mainly documents in PDF format.
    I want this mainly to keep all my licensing and regulatory stuff all in one area.
    Trust me... the Coast Guard has enough PDF's to bury you in!

    I'm not picky; but a few musts!
    • At least 1TB or more.
    • Slim/compact able to take safety on the go.
    • Security of some kind to prevent on authorized access.
    • Something that will last a long time.

    Let the recommendations begin!

    TO: admin:
    If this should be; in another spot, let me know.
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  2. Posts : 4,492
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       18 Jun 2017 #2

    I've not had problems with my WDC [Western Digital] 750GB and 1TB HDDs that can be put in one's pocket. Nice part of them is they run from a single USB port for both data and power, the smaller is USB 2.0 and the larger is USB 3.0 but is backward to most USB 2.0 ports. I believe I saw WDC has a 2TB model.

    Their My Book drives are portable with have larger capacities but are bigger and heavier with their own power supply, use the 3.5" desktop-type HDDs in them. The Passport uses the 2.5" drive like used in most Notebooks/Laptops. There are other brands available. My next purchase probably will be a 1TB Toshiba Canvio that includes software to read/write to the Windows NTFS formatting from my MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra.
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  3. Posts : 577
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1709 (OS Build 16299.371)
       18 Jun 2017 #3

    I like my WD (Western Digital) Elements, 2 TB. I don't use all the software features available from WD for it, but it WORKS. Just like it came out of the box.

    Good luck with whatever you choose.
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  4.    18 Jun 2017 #4

    I've purchased numerous WD Passport Ultra's, never had an problems.
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  5. Posts : 120
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
    Thread Starter
       18 Jun 2017 #5


    Thanks for the recommendations.
    I have been looking at "My Passport Drives" in the past.
    I've only recently per, your post; been looking into the Western Digital(WD) products.
    I trust at least one is, nice with Windows Ten, some passport drives have had failures
    to work correctly or even connect with a WIN10 PC, from what I've read
    on verified product testers/reviewers.


    Thanks for the recommendation.
    Yeah, I'll keep the software for the External Drive; just in case.
    I removed some software on those little flash drives back, when *Cruzer Duo* was the thing.
    I wish, I would have kept the software as the security for the files was; in that.
    So I'm leaving any software, it in for that matter; untouched.


    Thanks for the recommendation.
    Yeah, it's good to know these things. I mean I can't afford for me to loose these files;
    so I'm glad your noting there has not been any problems with that specific product & model.
    Last edited by Captain; 18 Jun 2017 at 17:50. Reason: Adding a response to Edwin
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  6.    19 Jun 2017 #6

    I've carried a 400GB WD Passport for years without any trouble.
    For past year or so, I've carried a 4TB Seagate Backup Plus.

    I just picked up a 2TB seagate expansion portable drive for my Xbox One.
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  7. Posts : 2,471
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       20 Jun 2017 #7

    I have two basic Seagate Expansion drives and I've never had any problems.
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  • Posts : 120
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
    Thread Starter
       28 Jun 2017 #8

    Steve C said: View Post
    I have two basic Seagate Expansion drives and I've never had any problems.
    Never heard of that brand before, I'll be checking it out soon.
    Going to look at the selection of some stores ,in my area once; I'm back in town.
    Thanks again for everyones input :-)
    I'll mark as *Solved* tonight sometime around 12am ET.
    So if anyone else has anymore recommendations please post em in here.
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  • Posts : 532
    Windows 10 Pro 17133.73
       28 Jun 2017 #9

    I purchased a WD 2TB My Passport and I really like this drive. Small and light weight and reasonablely priced. It includes a security app, however I have never used it. The only recommendation I would make is get a USB 3.0 model. Even you don't have USB 3.0 now you may in the future and you will be ready.
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  • Posts : 120
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
    Thread Starter
       28 Jun 2017 #10

    tracit99 said: View Post
    I purchased a WD 2TB My Passport and I really like this drive. The only recommendation I would make is get a USB 3.0 model. Even you don't have USB 3.0 now you may in the future and you will be ready.
    Yeah I'll note that; I have already had the disappointment when my 2.0 lil flash drive was found not compatible with most windows 10's. I may want to get one with ports for both 2.0 & 3.0, That's possible; if I act fast well some might still be on the shelves. Or better yet just purchase one of those 2.0 to 3.0 convert things and be good to go.
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