Best External Drive

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch

bought this at Costco around 2019-12-24.

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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch 2TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD USB-C USB 3.0 Buy at amazon 4032×3024

It's smaller than a iphone and less heavy than a iphone.

It uses a standard USB cable. (included) USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Micro-B Type A-Male to Micro B Male Buy at amazon

External Flash Drive

A faster drive is flash drive. but more expensive.

this sems to be the best

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samsung ssd Buy at amazon


SanDisk 1TB External SSD xkpqc
SanDisk 1TB External SSD - Up to 550MB/s - USB-C, USB 3.1 - SDSSDE60-1T00-G25 Buy at amazon

why is it called “drive”?

now, what's the etymology of drive in hard drive?

how interesting where terms came from.

So, you have floppy disk, because it is disk and it is floppy. Then, the reader device is a drive, as in drive mechanism. It spins the disk. Then, comes hard disk, hard cuz it's not floppy. Then, abridgment, we got just hard drive. Then, just drive, as in, external drive.

flash drive vs spinning harddisk. which is better? which store data longer?

Am thinking getting a backup drive that won't lose data after 2 years non-use.

After some research on flash drive vs hard disk, for small backup expecting to last at least 3 years, it's kinda mixed bag. No absolute say which is better. Rather, you want to shop for expensive high quality ones, either tech.

Hardware Encrypted Storage Device

Very interesting USB drive. encrypted, by hardware. Expensive though. 64gb at $130. Normal 256gb drive is $60.

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iStorage datAshur 256 bit encrypted FL DA3 256 64 Buy at amazon

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