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Hitachi MX3

Slim design makes it possible to fit the Hitachi MX3 in your back pocket.

TEST: Hitachi Touro Mobile MX3 review. Every now and then when on the move you’ll feel the need for more digital storage. Photos, video clips and documents need space, especially if you’re perhaps editing photos and films out in the field. For security reasons, too, more space come handy – you might want to store your valuable collection of photos on the separate discs, so if one gets stuck in customs you’ll still have the other in your carry-on luggage.

Now, basically, this is the reason to buy a portable harddrive. There are dozens of those on the market. The Traveling Reporter has tested one of them, the  Hitachi Touro Mobile MX3 1 TB harddrive, which, as its name suggests, can store 1 TB (Terrabyte) of data.

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That’s a lot. Using a Mac Air, I decided to use the portable drive make a full backup on the computer’s own harddrive, and ended up with lots of space left for other things.


The MX3 box.

The Hitachi MX3 is a very small (fits easily in your inside pocket) and has no buttons, thus very easy to use. It comes with a USB cable with which you connect it to your computer. The portable harddrive itself has no internal battery, instead it runs on electricity provided by the computer. Also, there are no bluetooth or other wireless connections, obviously since the drive needs a cable connected to run at all.

There are a few positive things with the cable solution. Firstly, the thing gets lighter in weight and smaller without batteries. Secondly, the USB cable connection is very fast, so if you plan to use the portable drive mainly for backup purposes, you’ll be able to finish the job in a few minutes, as opposed to using virtual harddrives which recuire a wifi connection and can often be slow.

The downside with the Hitachi solution is that the USB cable is unique to this device, so if you lose the cable for some reason you’re pretty much screwed and will have to go hunting for a replacement cable exactly the same.

The price for this device on the market is about US$80 or €60. It’s not a lot for so much storage space, so if you’re looking for a simple storage solution for travel purposes, we can really recommend the Hitachi.



The Hitachi Touro 1 TB mobile harddrive.


→ Also check out these external harddrives:

• Western Digital My Passport Essential 1TB

• Western Digital Elements Desktop 2TB

• Samsung M3 Portable 500GB

• Seagate Expansion Portable Drive USB 2.0 500GB

• Seagate Backup Plus Desktop 3TB

• Buffalo DriveStation 2TB

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The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.