Don't-Miss Hard drive Stories

WD My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0

The My Passport Essential gives you plenty of hard drive space in a compact and lightweight device, making it much more convenient to keep your important information as close as your pocket.

Space Gremlin 1.2

Space Gremlin 1.2 is a a swift, excellent file management tool that gives you analytical data about your hard drive and facilitates a number of simple actions. It’s easy to use, attractive to look at, informative, and best of all, it just works.

Disk Falcon 1.1

Disk Falcon uses colorful charts and animations to show how files take up space on your hard drive.

First Look: LaCie's Thunderbolt-equipped Little Big Disk speed results

Digital Arts Magazine got a chance to test LaCie's Little Big Disk, an external hard drive with Thunderbolt, and the results are as impressive as you'd expect.

iStoragePro iT2PKTV Pocket View

iStoragePro’s iT2PKTV Pocket View RAID array sports several interface options, effortless hard drive removal, and a useful LCD screen menu, making it a good choice for those who like to keep updated on the state of their device.

Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II

If you think bigger is better when it comes to storage space, you might be interested in Western Digital’s My Book Studio Edition II , which combines two 3TB drives in a RAID 0 setup for a whopping 6TB of data storage.

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini

Boasting excellent Photoshop scores and first-rate transfer speeds, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini overall is an excellent choice as a storage device for demanding users.

Top-rated portable hard drives

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These smaller portable drives don't offer the blazing transfer speeds compared to desktop models, but they still have large capacities without sacrificing portability.

Top-rated desktop hard drives

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The best desktop drives offer huge capacities and blazing-fast transfer rates, giving you everything you need to store media files, Time Machine backups, and vital documents.

CRU-DataPort ToughTech Duo

Like its name implies, the ToughTech Duo RAID from Cru-Dataport looks sturdy and feels like it can take a pounding.

ioSafe SoloPro 1TB

Meant to survive conditions that standard hard drives cannot--namely fires and floods--an ioSafe drive such as the SoloPro may be ideal when you’re worried about the worst thing imaginable happening to your home.

Western Digital My Book Live

This Western Digital drive makes it easy to test the NAS waters, offering lots of storage space, great performance, and easy access for a solid price.

Iomega eGo BlackBelt Mac Edition 1TB

On all counts, the eGo BlackBelt is a solid improvement on last year’s model. It’s not the smallest or cheapest portable HD on the market, but the improved speed, versatility, and safety features round out a very solid package nonetheless.