It’s always wise to backup your computer hard drive in case of an emergency crash or other unforeseeable accident. That way, when and if a malfunction occurs, you’ll be able to save those priceless pictures and videos you’ve taken, or the thousands of songs you’ve purchased and CD’s you’ve installed. This is a top five list of our best external hard drive recommendations.
Seagate Backup Plus ($88) – With 1TB of memory stored in its portable design, the Backup Plus is great for users with light memory needs. This will allow you to save hundreds of movies, hundreds of thousands of pictures, and millions of documents(though we seriously doubt anyone would need it for that purpose).
WD My Passport Portable ($85.99) – The USB 3.0 capable My Passport Portable from Western Digital is a fine addition to anyone’s laptop bag. The 2TB external drive is for the more serious PC user, and is an obvious upgrade over the Seagate Backup Plus. The only downside is that it doesn’t give you the option of backing your files up on a set schedule. You’ll have to work this one manually, though it’ll still save you a headache in the long run.
IoSafe Solo G3 ($349.99) – If you live on the coast, then you know that tropical storms and flooding usually go hand-in-hand. You also know that being prepared can mean the difference between survival and tragic happenstance. If you don’t already own a weather-proof external hard drive, now’s the time to get one. The IoSafe Solo G3 is fireproof, waterproof, and drop-resistant. However, the G3 only protects against these occurrences once, meaning you’ll have to peel off the outer layers to reach the hard drive and connect it to a PC.
Promise Pegasus R6 ($2,230) – This Thunderbolt device is for the IT department, or a family of heavy Mac users. The hard drive comes in 6TB, 12TB, and 18TB models, and supports Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. The performance and speed of the bulky R6 is top-quality compared with USB 3.0 models for PC’s, though its price may be a little high for the typical user.
WD My Book Live ($139.99) – The cloud-driven My Book from Western Digital is great for connecting multiple devices to the same drive wirelessly. It comes with 2TB of memory, and easy setup instructions. Stream media onto your television, or create a private cloud for all your files.
You can find all of these great hard drives on Amazon and other online retailers, as well as at certain brick and mortar stores.