A Roundup of Wireless Hard Drives

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While working from home or on the road, have you ever looked at your computer or bag o’ gear and thought to yourself “I wish I had more wired peripherals and cords in order to create even more of a tangled mess?” Neither have I. In fact, aside from endeavoring to keep a neat and tidy workspace and a well-organized travel bag, I’m always looking for ways to further reduce clutter and travel more efficiently, which brings us to the topic at hand – wireless hard drives and storage devices. While the term “wireless hard drive” may sound very straightforward, they have evolved to be much more than just a hard drive that doesn’t require a wired connection, and you’ll want to pay attention to the specifics of each unit to see what best suits your needs.

WD’s My Passport Wireless SSD can be used to back up photos, videos, and other important files from a variety of devices, including cameras, drones, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices using its SD card slot and one-touch copy button. File transfers can also be doing using the My Cloud mobile app for iOS and Android, or use WD’s web interface if you’re using a desktop or notebook. If you’re using non-SD media, a USB 3.0 Type-A port allows for external card readers. An integrated battery lasts for up to 10 hours and not only powers the My Passport, but also provides up to 1.5A of power for device charging via the USB 3.0 Type-A port. Available with storage capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, the My Passport Wireless features large storage capacities with speedy file transfers thanks to its SSD media and 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, which also allows for streaming 4K content to up to eight devices. The My Passport can create a wireless hotspot for network access, or if you do want to directly connect it to your host system, there is a micro-USB 2.0 port.


WD 2TB My Passport Wireless SSD

Since SSD storage may not be a cost-effective solution for everyone, WD also offers their My Passport Wireless Pro USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, which arrives formatted as ex-FAT in capacities of 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB. It is similar to its SSD sibling and offers 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a micro-USB 2.0 port for host Windows or Mac connectivity and recharging its 6400mAh battery, a USB 2.0 Type-A port for charging mobile devices and connecting external drives and card readers, an SD card slot with a one-touch copy button, and10 hours of battery life. While it’s SSD sibling can stream 4K video, this device can only stream Full HD, although the maximum number of users increases to eight.

WD 4TB My Passport Wireless Pro USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

Content creators will appreciate the GNARBOX 2.0 SSD Rugged Backup Device, which is available in capacities of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Designed with NVMe storage, this device performs single-step, one-touch backups with status and checksum that can be performed without a phone, laptop, or tablet using the onboard OLED screen and buttons. Peripherals can be connected using an SD card slot or USB 3.0 Type-C port. The GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is backed by 4GB of RAM, a 2.4 GHz Intel® Quad-Core™ CPU, integrated Intel® HD Quad-Core™ graphics, and Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). Its 3000mAh battery lasts for 3 to 6 hours of continuous use and can be recharged up to 80% in one hour and 100% in two hours. A mobile app lets it interface with iOS and Android devices, while the unit itself works with Windows and macOS.

GNARBOX 2.0 SSD 512GB Rugged Backup Device

Canon’s foray into wireless storage has produced the Connect Station CS100 1TB Storage Device, which allows for the wireless backing up of image and video files from Canon cameras and camcorders. Once copied to the Connect Station, you’ll be able to store, manage, and view your multimedia content. Its 1TB drive can store around 150,000 photos or 70 hours of video, and you can sync devices using NFC or Wi-Fi.

Canon Connect Station CS100 1TB Storage Device

Do you have a 2.5” hard drive or SSD that you’d like to share over a wireless connection? If so, the CineRAID Wireless USB 3.1 Gen 1 Hard Drive Enclosure supports 2.5” SATA drives up to 9.5mm in height and uses 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi to stream videos, photos, and data to DLNA-compatible devices. It can also be configured as a hotspot for up to four devices by creating a local private Wi-Fi network. Its internal battery lasts for up to 5 hours and can charge mobile devices, while a USB Type-A port allows for wired connectivity. In that event that you’d like to share the CineRAID using a wired connection, a LAN dongle is included.

CineRAID Wireless USB 3.1 Gen 1 Hard Drive Enclosure

IOGEAR’s MediaShair 2 Wireless Media Hub and Power Station may not have any internal storage, but it does allow for movie, music, photo, and document sharing with wireless devices. Simply plug in an SD card, USB flash drive, or USB hard drive into this media hub and its built-in Wi-Fi connection will share content with up to seven iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices using free mobile apps. Its 2600mAh battery lasts for up to 9 hours and can be recharged using micro-USB 2.0, while a USB 2.0 Type-A port charges devices and allows external peripherals to be connected. An Ethernet port will convert wired connectivity to a Wi-Fi signal and provide network access in environments where connectivity is charged per device.

IOGEAR MediaShair 2 Wireless Media Hub and Power Station

Well, there you have it. Whether you want to access files, stream media, or edit video, there’s a drive listed here for virtually any type of user. What are your thought on this list? Do you have a preferred wireless storage device? Feel free to share your comments below.

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