Introducing how to use and our recommended products
An external hard disk (HDD) can be used to easily increase a storage capacity when your PC run out of the storage, though if you have many opportunities to carry it around, using a small portable hard disk instead of an external HDD is recommended. This content explains how to use a portable HDD and our recommended products.
・1. What is a portable HDD?
A portable hard disk is a compact and portable external hard disk. A stationary external hard disks are powered by an AC adapter, while a portable hard disk supports USB bus power. Since electric power is supplied by a connected PC via USB, it is convenient to use even in places where there is no outlet.
・2. How to choose a portable HDD?
A portable HDD is even useful out of work place. By the way, what should you consider when choosing it? Here are some tips on how to choose a portable hard disk.
・2-1. Check a storage capacity
Choose proper storage capacity according to what kind of data you want to store and how much you store. A capacity of 1TB is sufficient for storing document data, but if you want to store movies, it is recommend to choose a product with a capacity of 2TB or more.
・2-2. Choose by connection terminals and transfer speeds
There are mainly two types of terminals for connecting a portable hard disk: USB Type-A and USB Type-C. Before purchasing, you need to check if the connection terminals are compatible with a PC to which the portable hard disk is connected.
In addition, check a USB transfer speed as well as a shape of the connection terminal. The maximum data transfer speed is 480Mbps for USB 2.0 and 5Gbps for USB3.0 (3.1 Gen1). If you have many opportunities to store large amounts of data, products that support USB3.0 or higher are recommended.
・2-3. Check security performance
Since portable hard disks are often carried around, preparations for loss or theft are required. It’s better to check if an HDD has security features such as an encrypt function and an access password.
・2-4. Consider durability if you carry HDD around
Hard disks are vulnerable to shocks and vibrations due to the structure in which a magnetic disk rotates at high speed to read and write data. If you often carry a portable hard disk, a less durable product can quickly be damaged. It is better to choose a portable hard disk with excellent durability, impact resistance and waterproofness.
・3. Precautions using a portable HDD
HDDs, including portable hard disks, heat up during use. Since precision equipment is sensitive to heat, it is important to be careful about exhaust heats, for example, using an HDD in a well-ventilated place. Also, try not to touch, move, or place unstably while it is driving so as not to give a shock.
・4. Our recommended portable HDDs
4-1. Portable HDD for TV recording 4TB [LHD-PBR40U3BK]
A surface processing like genuine leather prevents body get scratches and fingerprints. It is a portable hard disk that can be used not only for Windows and Mac computers, but also as an external hard disk for PS4 and TV recording.
4-2. Impact resistant portable HDD 5TB [LHD-PBM50U3BK]
This product inside adopts a shock absorbing rubber frame and a floating structure that makes it difficult for pressure to be transmitted to the hard disk body. It is an excellent impact resistant model.
4-3. Impact resistant WD RED Plus portable HDD 1TB [LHD-PBM10U3WHR]
The surface of the case is coated with a rubber that is resistant to scratches and deterioration, so it is safe to put it in a bag. This product supports TV recording. A large-capacity model that can record about 600 hours on terrestrial digital broadcasting.
4-4. Impact Resistant Encryption Security Portable HDD 1TB [LHD-PBM20U3BS]
This product uses Western Digital’s WD Red Plus developed for network storage (NAS). It is a highly reliable portable hard disk equipped with a shock-resistant body and WD Red Plus that can withstand continuous operation for 24 hours.
4-5. Portable HDD for smartphones 1TB [LHD-PSA010U3BK]
An encrypted portable hard disk with a built-in function that automatically encrypts data when it is saved. Suitable for managing important information. Impact resistance. High-speed data transfer can be performed with USB3.1 Gen1 installed.
Conclusion. Let’s use portable HDDs conveniently
Portable hard disks are light and small, making them convenient to carry. This is useful when you want to take your saved data with you outside or share it with others. It is important to pay attention to its security and durability in case it is stolen, lost, or dropped. After understanding your purposes, get the most suitable portable hard disk.