Stuff We Love: Toshiba Canvio Slim II hard drive & case

Protect your data (and sanity) with this hard drive and case.

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Okay, so here’s the thing: A big chunk of my personal and professional life is spent sitting in front of a computer. From academic papers to work documents, much of my work from the past 10 years lives in my computer. This is stuff I really can't afford to lose. At all. Ever.

While searching for a way to store it all, I serendipitously stumbled upon the Toshiba Canvio Slim II hard drive ($82.98 at Amazon). While many rightly geek out over falling SSD prices, I love this old-fashioned spinning hard drive. It's easy to set up, affordable, has 1 TB of storage, can be used with either Mac or PC, and has a sleek design.

But hard drives (unlike SSDs), are easily damaged, rendering precious data useless. Luckily, when I was shopping for my drive, Amazon sensed my concern and recommended just the thing to set my mind at ease.

The Case Logic QHDC-101 Portable EVA Hard Drive Case ($5.90 at Amazon) has hard backing, padding, a pouch for the USB cable, and a wide elastic strap to secures the hard drive. It's also ideally sized for hard drives like the 4.2” x 3” Canvio Slim II. All in all, it's a clever combination of bulletproof vest and straightjacket for your sensitive data.

It's not the flashiest combo in the world, but I now own three Canvio Slim II drives, and each lives in a Case Logic case. I have dropped all of them together and separately from a variety of heights, and my beloved removable hard drives remain safe and undamaged. All together, the 3TB of space cost me less than most 1TB SSDs.

What You Need

Toshiba Canvio II Portable External Hard Drive (1TB) ($82.98 at Amazon)
Case Logic QHDC-101 Portable EVA Hard Drive Case ($5.90 at Amazon)

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