Buffalo DriveStation DDR
Buffalo DriveStation DDR

Best external hard drive

Experts say the Buffalo DriveStation DDR is the fastest USB 3.0 external hard drive you can buy. Thanks to the inclusion of a 1 GB RAM cache, the read/write speeds of this desktop backup solution rival those of even high-end Thunderbolt external drives. Great ease of use and an affordable price, given its performance, and capacity are the icing on the cake.
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Western Digital My Passport
Western Digital My Passport

Portable external hard drive

The Western Digital My Passport portable external hard drive is a top choice of experts and users for its reliable performance at an attractive price. The included Windows-only backup software is basic but effective, and it's very user-friendly. For Mac users, the My Passport plays well with Apple's Time Machine software. Lots of capacity choices are available to fit almost anyone's needs or budget.
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LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt
LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt

External solid-state drive

If you are looking for a portable hard drive that's tough enough to survive the bumps and bruises of life on the go, the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt is the top choice. Its solid-state drive (SSD) technology helps make it fast. A tough aluminum case and distinctive orange bumper help it shrug off even 4-foot drops.
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Synology DiskStation DS412+
Synology DiskStation DS412+

Best NAS drive

The Synology DiskStation DS412+ network-attached storage (NAS) drive offers fast speeds, a robust interface and a wealth of features. Its four-bay enclosure is great for RAID backups. Managing files and settings between users on a network is straightforward. Experts say it's an excellent addition to small offices or advanced home networks. Like most high-end NAS devices, the drives themselves are extra.
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