HP Portable Drive review: is this 1TB drive the perfect back-up for your photos?

HP Portable Drive review: is this 1TB drive the perfect back-up for your photos?

The 1TB HP Portable Drive is blazingly fast and priced under £100. Is this portable drive the perfect back-up for your photos and video? Find out in our review.

HP Portable Drive review: is this 1TB drive the perfect back-up for your photos?

USB 3.0 has taken some time to become mainstream, but it brings a much-needed speed boost for transferring media between devices, especially as photo and video file sizes are always on the increase.

HP’s latest portable hard drive packs this USB 3.0 punch into an attractive, sleek yet solid brushed aluminium case, weighing in at just over 300g.

Once fired up, file write speeds average an impressive 100MB/s, and read performance is almost as fast.

This translated to a mere 20-second wait for our 2GB test file to transfer, which isn’t far off internal disk speeds.

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Don’t feel you’re restricted to USB 3.0, though as this hard drive is also fully USB 2.0-compatible, albeit at around a third of those transfer speeds.

The drive comes pre-formatted to be plug-and-play compatible under both Windows and Mac, though the included back-up software is Windows-only.

HP Portable Drive review

Price: £98
Buy it: www.hp.com/uk

Score: 4/5

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