Get a 500GB Portable hard drive for $50

Notable for its compact design and adorable robot mascot, the WD My Passport Essential offers half a terabyte of storage for 50 bucks.

As regular readers know, I'm always on the lookout for supercheap hard drives. But most of the time I focus on desktop drives (mostly external, occasionally internal), because that's typically where you get the best bang for the buck.

However, there's much to be said for portable hard drives, which are compact enough to slip into a pocket (admittedly, a roomy pocket) and don't require external power supplies. You pay a premium for the smaller size, but for on-the-go users, it's worth it.

Amazon has the Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB portable hard drive for $49.99 shipped. That's about the lowest price I've seen on a portable drive with this much storage.

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