It’s been close to 3 years since I first bought my first external HDD, a Western Digital My Book with 500GB capacity. I think it was the largest at that time.
Nowadays, they come in 2 terabytes a pop like this WD My Book Elite. It’s still self-powered and connects via USB 2.0 but the form factor has somewhat become smaller and more portable.
We ran PassMark Disk Test to see how it performs and got the following results:
That’s 20.5MB/s sequential disk read, 17.5MB/s sequential disk write and 2.18MB/s random seek and write.
The external drive also comes with a digital indicator up front that shows, in real-time, amount of free space as well as breakdown of file categories (e.g. pictures, music, videos, documents, system files, etc.). The backup software is also simple and intuitive and storing and retrieving files from the device is pretty easy and straight-forward (I wonder if I can use the same software with my 3-year old WD My Book).