Best Travel Portable Discs 2019

For every travel blogger, traveling photographer and videographer, it is vital to have reliable portable storage with you. This is the only way to create a backup copy of the material and free up memory on the camera.

But backup is useless if your chosen hard drive is not very reliable. Most external HDD and SSD are fragile, they are designed for accurate handling in home and office environments. Falls, blows, rain, dust and other troubles, without which not a single working trip - their sworn enemies.

Fortunately, there are drives designed to fit the harsh reality. Some models are equipped with a basic fall protection, others are not afraid of more serious tests like dust storms and total immersion.

A protected external drive does not necessarily look like a heavy brick. Many models have a light and compact design, they do not need a lot of space in hand luggage. A nice bonus is fast speed. With one of these accessories, you can back up huge video files in less than a minute.

The main question when choosing a hard disk is which type to stop at. The choice involves two options: the traditional HDD with rotating plates and modern solid-state SSD. SSD is smaller, lighter, more reliable and much faster, but you will have to pay a significant amount for these advantages.

Below you will find seven portable drives from different categories - from budget versions to high-performance ones. We have included in the selection disc, which does not require physical connection to the computer. It will be the perfect companion on busy trips, where you can not take a laptop with you.

Most models have different capacities. If you like the characteristics, but did not suit the capacity or price, look for another modification.


Silicon Power A60: fortified budget option

  • Size: 85.9 x 23.2 x 138.5 mm
  • Type: HDD
  • Capacity: 1000 GB
  • Connector: USB-A
  • Speed: 500 MB / s
  • Protection: IPX4 + basic fall protection

Price: from 4 285 rubles

For about the same price as a regular portable drive, you can buy a more durable Silicon Power A60.

Along with IPX4 splash protection, a durable rubberized case saves the drive from physical impacts. The actual performance at a high level: write speed up to 500 MB / s, there is support for USB 3.1 Gen 1.

The manufacturer provides this thin lightweight disc with a three-year warranty. But it is worth remembering that its conditions apply only to the components of the disk itself, and not to the stored data.

The HDD is completed with a short USB A / USB A cable - a holder system is provided for it on the case.


  • Inexpensive.
  • Not afraid of splashing.
  • The cable is attached to the housing.


  • There is no full protection against dust and water.
  • Impractical cable format. If the original is lost, it will not be easy to find a suitable one.

Transcend StoreJet M3: second budget option

  • Size: 80.8 x 16.1 x 129.5 mm
  • Type: HDD
  • Capacity: 1000 GB
  • Connector: USB-A
  • Speed: 500 MB / s
  • Protection: basic from falling

Price: from 4 165 rubles

If the priority is to protect it from drops, and not from water, then choosing between Silicon Power A60 and Transcend StoreJet M3, it is more logical to stop at the second.

The shock-proof rubber case and the improved system of a suspension are guaranteed to save the contents of the drive from careless handling.

The disc has USB 3.1 Gen1 5 Gb / s support, compatibility with USB 2 ports for old computers, and the maximum plate rotation speed is 5400 rpm. The software has a backup feature. It starts with one touch using the highlighted button.

Compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux, this drive is a reliable universal data repository for travelers.


  • Reasonable price.
  • Reinforced construction.
  • Supports USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 2.


  • No version with USB-C interface.

G-Technology G-Drive R: the most indestructible SSD

  • Size: 94 x 51 x 15 mm
  • Type: SSD
  • Capacity: 500 GB
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Speed: 560 MB / s
  • Protection: IP67 + protection against falls from a height of 2.7 m + protection against pressure of up to 450 kg

Price: from 13 570 rubles

The security of the baseline against slack is better than nothing. But for long hikes and active movement is not enough.

Solid state drives do not contain moving parts, so they are easier to take blows. But the G-Drive R line is capable of more. The disc withstands immersion in water by 1.5 meters, a fall from 2.7 meters onto concrete with carpet and a pressure force of 450 kg. About dust with dirt and not worth mentioning.

SSD is not only stronger, but also faster than hard drives. Combined with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, the G-Drive R can transfer data at speeds up to 560 MB / s. Thanks to this feature, it can be recommended to videographers and professional photographers who need to quickly move large amounts of data.


  • Striking strength.
  • Very fast and easy.
  • Comes with USB-C / USB A cable.


  • Dear, like all portable SSDs.


Toshiba Canvio Connect II: Portable Disk + 10GB Clouds

  • Size: 78 x 109 x 14 mm
  • Type: HDD
  • Capacity: 500 GB
  • Connector: USB-B
  • Speed: 500 MB / s
  • Protection: basic from falling

Price: from 2 700 rubles

Toshiba Canvio Connect II with a maximum capacity of 2 TB is not a simple data collector. At a very affordable price, it offers several premium features.

Disc buyers are provided with free 10 GB in the PogoPlug Cloud cloud storage. Access to it is configured through the mobile or desktop application PogoPlug. You can also configure remote access to the file system of a PC or laptop.

The disk is delivered in NTFS format, inside it there are drivers for reformatting to HFS + under OS X or universal exFAT.


  • Free account in the PogoPlug system.
  • Bright design and compact size.


  • In the cloud only 10 GB.
  • For remote access, you must leave the PC on.

Samsung T5: for minimalists

  • Size: 57.3 x 10.5 x 74 mm
  • Type: SSD
  • Capacity: 1000 GB
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Speed: 540 MB / s
  • Protection: from falling from 2 m

Price: from 13 120 rubles

The line of elegant portable SSD-drives from Samsung was loved by many. The latest model T5 can not be ignored.

A bright miniature disk, small as a pack of business cards, well prepared for survival in harsh conditions. It will have to be kept away from water and dust, but it will survive losses from 2 meters without losses.

He works with data at a maximum speed of 540 MB / s. But to take advantage of speed, you need a computer with a USB port of 3.1 Gen 2 10 Gb / s.

In addition to the fortified design, the T5 has hardware encryption and built-in password protection. Cables with USB-C and USB-A connectors are included. Manufacturer's warranty - 3 years.

Samsung T5 should be chosen if you are ready to sacrifice water resistance in favor of high performance.


  • Very tiny.
  • Fast data transfer.
  • Hardware encryption is available.


  • Dear.
  • There is no waterproofing and dust protection.

SanDisk Extreme Portable: Best Value for Money SSD

  • Size: 49.5 x 8.8 x 96.2 mm
  • Type: SSD
  • Capacity: 500 GB
  • Connector: USB-C
  • Speed: 550 MB / s
  • Protection: IP55 + fall protection from 2 meters

Price: from 9 499 rubles

This relatively inexpensive portable SSD combines speed and durability.

SanDisk Extreme Portable is not the smallest portable SSD, but it fits in the palm of your hand, which is not the case with most external drives. The actual data transfer rate corresponds to the level declared by the manufacturer.

This disk will withstand a fall from a height of 2 meters. IP55 protection class provides resistance to moisture and dust, but still it is better to protect the disk from both of them - full insulation is not provided in it.

Of the three portable SSDs described above, for the most extreme conditions, you should choose a G-Drive G-Technology R. The Samsung T5 is ideal for traveling light. And SanDisk Extreme Portable will come out unscathed from a soaked backpack and endure rough handling.


  • Attractive price.
  • Partial protection against shock, dust and water.
  • High speed data transfer.


  • Full water / dustproof absent.
  • Not the most compact option.

WD My Passport Wireless SSD: for traveling without a laptop

  • Size: 135 x 30 x 135 mm
  • Type: SSD
  • Capacity: 500 GB
  • Connector: USB-A
  • Speed: 500 MB / s
  • Protection: from falling from 2 meters

Price: from 21 300 rubles

The vast majority of portable drives require a computer connection. But there are some models that can be used without large electronics. They are useful primarily for video monitors and photo reporters for business trips to remote areas. Such drives transfer data to their memory through the slot for SD-cards or wirelessly.

WD My Passport Wireless - premium equipment. It is resistant to physical damage and vibration. A removable rubber bumper protects it from bumps and drops.

To copy files into the drive, a USB port and a device for reading SD cards are provided. Copying starts automatically or by pressing a button. In the default settings, only new files are copied, not duplicate.

Wireless communication with a smartphone, camera or other device via Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5 GHz). Two-way synchronization between the application for the smartphone and the drive allows you to create backup copies of photos taken on the phone on the disk, as well as copy files from the SSD to the memory of the mobile device.

With a computer, the possibilities of working with the disk are expanded. The file transfer rate via USB reaches 500 MB / s. The disk is suitable for use in Windows and macOS.

The autonomy of My Passport Wireless is 10 hours. The built-in battery can be used to recharge smartphones and other USB devices. Also, the drive can function as a media server, streaming video over a wireless connection. Among other things, it can serve as a Wi-Fi signal amplifier.

The drive is bulky, which is rare for SSD. Given its price, the lack of a USB-C interface and full waterproof performance are surprising. Nevertheless, he practically has no competitors.


  • No need to carry a laptop.
  • A wide range of features.


  • Dear.
  • No analogues.
  • No USB-C.
  • There is no normal water resistance.