portable external HD vs desktop HD for backup

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portable external HD vs desktop HD for backup
Apr 19, 2013

Although I have no specific need for a portable HD as opposed to a desktop version to backup my photos, I thought portability might come in handy at some point.  I already have several desktop units, all of which have worked well and lasted.

Is there any possibility that, for example, a Toshiba Canvio portable with 1Tb and USB 3.0 would be in any way whatsoever less reliable or otherwise inferior to a desktop version?

I prefer a no-frills HD, without fancy backup software.  I only want it to store and retrieve data when I tell it to manually.

Thanks,

Lovingtheview

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