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Introduction

Users are always damanding more and more storage space, not only inside their computers, but also as portable external hard disk drives. Nowadays, 2 TB portable external drives are becoming popular, and we will test two models: the Seagate 2 TB Backup Plus Slim and the Western Digital 2 TB My Passport Ultra. They are both compact drives and make use of the USB 3.0 interface. Let’s check for the results!

Portable external hard drives make use of 2.5” hard disk drives internally, which is the same kind of hard drives used in portable computers (desktop hard drives are usually available in the 3.5”, which is obviously bigger). The power for those drives come from the USB port itself.

The following table shows the main characteristics of the devices we are testing.

Manufacturer Model Model # Nominal Capacity Price
Seagate Backup Plus Slim STDR2000102 2 TB USD 100
Western Digital My Passport Ultra WDBMWV0020BBK 2 TB USD 100

Now let’s take a closer look at the tested drives.

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Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.