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Poll: Which portable HDD do you use?

A couple months ago, my 160GB WD Passport portable HDD crashed. I’m not sure what files I’ve lost along with it. I only got the chance to buy a new one last week — a Samsung S2 320GB.

I was wondering, and since I don’t trust Western Digital’s portable HDD (I still have the 500GB WD MyBook from 2 years ago), which of the current set of mobile disk drives people commonly use these days.

We’ve got a bunch of them available:

  • Western Digital My Passport
  • Freecom Mobile Drive XXS
  • Seagate FreeAgent Go
  • Samsung S2
  • Iomega Portable Hard Drive
  • Transcend StoreJet
  • Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable HDD
  • LaCie
  • Buffalo MiniStation
  • Fujitsu

Please submit your vote on the Poll section at the sidebar on the right or leave a comment below with your experience with mobile HDDs.


Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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40 Responses

  1. jill says:

    Fujitzu, so far so good (3 years).

  2. Hey Abe may Buffalo portable HDD rin. Seagate gamit ko ngayon. Bumigay din WD 160gb ko dati but due to physical abuse din yun.

  3. Mindanao Bob says:

    Homemade… It’s been in use so long, I don’t even remember what brand of drive is in the case!

  4. Albert King says:

    Fujitsu ang gamit ko 160 GB. Ok pa naman hangang ngayon, 1 year na to. I’m thinking of upgrading my HDD, 40 GB lang kasi to 120 GB. Do you think its better than adding another 500 GB external?

  5. Roy says:

    Were you able to restore the data from the WD HDD? Mine crashed a couple of weeks ago as well and I haven’t been able to recover anything yet.

  6. gio says:

    seagate 1terabyte portable hdd.

    -Sent via YugaTech Mobile App

  7. Doodles says:

    I used a lot of homemade portable hard drives in the past. Mostly Seagate (from 40gb up to 120gb back then, already disposed all of them through reselling). Due to form factor, I shifted to WD My Passport since 2006. I have 4 of them right now (a 400gb, 2 320gb, and a 240gb). I also have 2 WD MyBook with 1 terabytes each. I always bring the 400gb with me. So far, no complaints.

  8. Pao says:

    Seagate FreeAgent Go. I’ve had mine for 1yr and 2mos already and it’s still in working fine.

  9. chiidorisek says:

    sir abe try mo po fujitsu matibay sya.. been using mine for 2 years na

  10. sam says:

    well am using Transcend SSD 120gb, is generally less silent and less fragile compared to the traditional hard disk and reduce the risk of mechanical faults.

  11. chx08 says:

    Samsung S2 500GB, my girl bought it @ SG

  12. AdRian says:

    mine is Seagate 500gb.
    almost 1year na rin…

  13. boo says:

    lacie. i’ve been using a 250GB for more than a year na and it’s still as good as before. it connects pa via firewire so I get a faster data throughput. :)

    classy pa ang lacie, and very uncommon!

  14. mcometa says:

    It has always been between WD And Seagate. But personally I prefer the Seagate FreeAgent Go! Sleek and stylish + 5 years warranty. I got the silver 250GB one.

  15. xtian1986 says:

    Buffalo tong sakin, almost 1 yr old na, no probs.

  16. Neil Lolin says:

    Western Digital Mybook Home 500gb – until it got ondoy’ed. damn.

  17. Rodney Garcia says:

    I’m actually looking for a 1.5TB hard drive.

    Looked around in Greenhills today. Saw a Western Digital for Php 6600. Buti nalang I didn’t buy it since Abe shared that he wasn’t satisfied with it.

    I think Seagate is a good deal. How much is the 1.5TB anyway?

  18. You had your WD crashed?? tsk3.. that’s kinda… scary.. I don’t want to lose my files!

  19. Erin says:

    WD Passport. going 3 years with no problems. I recently purchased a WD 1TB Caviar for a NAS I am building with the sheeva plug but even with that capacity a proper and redundant backup of the important files should still be in place. I would be freaked out if a 320GB drive crashed without proper backups. :(

    ciao!

  20. Edgar says:

    Fujitsu, 160GB. Been using it for almost two years now, and its durable. I have dropped it 3 times already (accidentally of course), but had no effect on performance.

  21. mAdden says:

    i used trancend before as mini flash drive, ngCrashed din due to so much careless. Now im using WD 320gb, so far good kc 3 months plng. I wonder how long it will last.

  22. readrite says:

    WD 320GB. WOW dami palang naka WD!!!

  23. Leojay says:

    Mine is a 320GB Seagate FreeagentGo, very slim, quiet and no heat build-up, im happy with this..

  24. Yobu says:

    WD 250GB. Storage for my *pirated* movies/tv series. Been with him for a year now. No problems so far.

    Considering of buying WD’s 1TB. Sadly, *as another comment said* it’s only available in the US atm.

  25. nikolodeon says:

    seagate freeagent 320gb

  26. Jonas says:

    For me…. all of the portable HDD are the same… But I’d rather buy the one that produces and manufacturers hard disk like Seagate and WD…… I will have to say NOOOOO to Buffalo, that is the worst HDD Ive ever encountered seriously!

  27. Ton says:

    EXCELLENT Philips casing, with clip on metal casing (but with plastic inner hull, where HD can be screwed in….PHP900 in virra mall, with free leather case…sweetest deal ever)

    Coupled with a seagate 320 2.5.
    Never doubted Seagate. No reason to.

    I’ve worked with a LOT of hard disks in previous work. Seagate is the way to go.

  28. jojo30 says:

    Buffalo ministation.. i have 2, the shock resistant one and the normal one, both 500gb… can’t complain, they both work well and are very affordable.

  29. philipz says:

    i had maxtor one touch 4 mini 160 gb before… ok sya… stylish… metal and rubber ang balot nya… but then again i need a bigger capacity… i had to sell it…
    bought a new one…
    seagate freeagent go 320 gb and 500 gb…
    both working fine…
    ang pinakamaganda sa seagate and maxtor one touch is their 5 year warranty…
    kahit masira ang portable hard disk ko sa 2013 e papalitan pa din ng seagate ang harddisk mo… free of charge and will be sent right at your doorstep…
    punta ka lang sa fritz… have it rmaed and wait for several days…
    di yan kaya ng western digital…

  30. WD Passport 160GB here and still working so far.

  31. sharprocha says:

    mine have 3,external HD IOMEGA 160GB,TRANSCEND 250GB,SEAGATE 500GB.. nka plug yan lahat sa loptop ko.. ok nmn..

  32. Lacie for me.. it was a gift from a cousin abroad. :) Not sure if this is available in PH. Haven’t seen them on any PC Stores.. or I’m not looking hard enough.

    http://teknisyan.blogspot.com

  33. kups says:

    160 gb WD passport…works fine…never been dropped..1 yr since last xmas..

    been asked already..
    how do you recover broken wd ext hdd?

  34. John says:

    hi, do you have reviews for 1TB or higher HDD? Im thinking of getting a WD myBook Essential but want to check out the reviews before I do. Thanks!

  35. jehzlau says:

    @John – i have 1TB my passport essential. sulit siya. :D Pati mybook sulit na sulit din. Mag 1 year na sa akin. ^__^

    Pero I suggest mag 1TB essential ka nalang kasi mas maliit at hindi na need ng power supply compared to mybook. :)

  36. Michelle Cantos says:

    got the Buffalo MiniStation last month.. no problem so far:)

  37. Edgar says:

    I have a 500GB Toshiba Booklet right now. My previous 160GB Fujitsu has crashed earlier. Let’s see if this Toshiba lasts.

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