When I heard that Microsoft was going to enable the use of external hard drives with a minimum size of 256 gigabytes over USB 3.0, I was very excited. I immediately started to research what external hard drives I would buy to facilitate this. There was a 2 terabyte Seagate external hard drive. There was a 2 terabyte Western Digital My Book. If I really wanted to go portable, I could get a 2 terabyte Western Digital My Passport.
I then realized something when looking at their specs. Most of those drives tout how fast they are with the perspective of USB 3.0 or how many movies, mp3’s, or documents the drives could hold. There was really nothing about the drives. That wasn’t going to work for me because in my experience, they normally put slower RPM drives in to those types of enclosures to minimize manufacturing costs as well as power drain, which provided increased portability and profit. That’s not a bad thing if you’re the seller of these technologies. But for me, I had to go a different route.