External Hard Drives Features Comparison
A good quality external hard drive can be had for less than $115. In this budget segment of the external hard drives market you'll find devices with storage capacity of 500GB, which is sufficient for most users; even external drives with 320GB provide more than enough space for thousands of photos, hours of music and video, and who knows how many text files. The backup software included with external drives can be a nice bonus, but make sure the included software isn't a trial version you'll have to pay to use later. Many consumers are starting to buy PCs with USB 3.0 ports, and an external drive that uses a USB 3.0 interface can transfer data several times faster than one with a USB 2.0. Mac users will find that most external hard drives are compatible with their systems but will probably need to reformat the drive before using it.
|Storage||Rotation Speed||Backup Software Included||Interface||Mac Compatible|
|Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro estimated price $100||750GB||7,200 RPM||Yes||USB 3.0||Yes|
|Western Digital My Passport Essential estimated price $100||500GB||5,400 RPM||Yes||USB 3.0||Yes|
|Buffalo MiniStation Stealth estimated price $79||500GB||5,400 RPM||Yes||USB 3.0||Yes|
|Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra estimated price $90||500GB||5,400 RPM||Yes||USB 3.0||Yes|