Six clicks: Portable storage, large and small

Six clicks: Portable storage, large and small

Summary: Here's a quick look at six very different portable storage devices, ranging from something so small that James Bond would be impressed, to something capable of surviving car crashes and flooding.

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  • Over the past two decades, the demands placed on storage have skyrocketed to the point where even average home users are now juggling what would have been considered enterprise levels of data a few years ago.

    While there are plenty of hard drives and solid state drives with monster capacities (and in the case of SSDs, monster price tags!), sometimes you want storage that's small enough to pack into a pocket, handbag, or case.

    Here we will look at six different portable storage devices, ranging from something so small that James Bond would be impressed, to something that is capable of surviving car crashes and flooding.

  • PK K'1

    Let's start with the absurdly small – the PK K'1. With a volume of only 0.07-in3 — no bigger than a fingernail — it is the world smallest USB 3.0 flash drive. But don't let the small size fool you into thinking that capacity is limited – this drive comes in 32GB and 64GB flavors.

    Not only is its small size great for plugging into car stereos and USB TVs, it's also great for popping into a spare USB port on a notebook. It's so small that you'll hardly notice it! And its all-metal construction means that it can take the occasional knock and scrape.

    Ideal for those looking to add more storage to their MacBook Air/Pro.

    (Source: PK)

Topics: Hardware, Storage

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  • Re: Portable storage solutions....

    There are two that I thoroughly recommend

    1. Crucial 512GB M4 SSD inside a USB 3.0 caddy. I run OS X 10.9 Mavericks from this on my 2012 iMac. Performance is notably better to that of the 1TB Internal HDD.

    2. Kingston 32GB DataTraveller Flash Drive. The best USB 3.0 stick I have come across with the bonus of being cheaper than much of the competition.
    5735guy
    • Or go the whole hog

      I put the 512 GB M4 SSD inside the iMac along with the 1T internal HHD and built a 1.5 T fusion drive which gives almost the performance and 3x the space
      Henry 3 Dogg
  • Yay, gadgets! :-)

    Interesting article. Thank you Adrian.
    RickC998