With time things can get a little overwhelming. In your iTunes you have collected 1,000s of songs, in your iPhoto you have overwhelming 10,000 pictures (that’s my iPhoto at least) and my Download folder is also full of stuff I should sort into my other folders. All in all I need more storage to make room!
External hard drives are becoming more and more popular nowadays despite the increasing popularity of Cloud storage. Why is this, you ask?
Well, despite the claims of Cloud storage, external hard drives are:
- Easier to use
- Less expensive
- More reliable
But, what should you look for when it comes to external hard drives? At least that was the question I had when I started to sort my files. Here are the criteria I looked for:
You may want to consider the body of the external hard drive and consider its dimensions. Is it portable and convenient to carry around? Can it easily fit in your laptop bag? Will it have a suitable place near your desktop pc?
You want an external hard drive that is bus powered or which can use the power from whatever device you will plug it into. Some larger external hard drives need their own power supply, which can be a big hassle.
You want an external hard drive that can provide all of your needs, especially your storage needs. External hard drives are available in all capacities from 500 GB to 1 TB.
Find a device that has high connectivity rates (such as USB 3.0) and high transfer rates (in Mb/s or Gb/s) as it will make file transfers that much faster.
Make sure that you also have a look at the added features that the device has, most especially the security and back up features that it can offer.
Help & Support
You also want an external hard drive which has a good manufacturer’s warranty and a good help & support program as well. This will ensure that you will get the most out of the money you spend on your external hard drive.
Now, here are the top 3 best external hard drives that I found, together with the features that they have:
- USB 3.0
- Extremely durable. It can withstand immersion in up to 10 feet of water for 3 days and can remain intact even after a 20 foot fall. It can even be frozen solid in a block of ice and remain functional.
- Recovery services for 1 year even if you are at fault for the damage.
- 3 year warranty
- Costs $499 (a bit on the pricey side)
This external hard drive is great for those who constantly travel around, especially in differing weather, terrain, and climate conditions.
Seagate GoFlex Turbo (750 GB)
- Runs at 7,200 rpm
- GoFlex compatible
- SafetyNey Data Recovery services
- Best for laptops and notebooks
- Much cheaper than the ioSafe Rugged Portable but it is not an SSD
If you have a laptop or notebook and you are looking for fast file transfers, then this is definitely one of the best external hard drives for you.
- Looks great!
- Slim, light-weighted
- automatic backup software
- password protection
- Data Transfer Rate on USB up to 5 Gbps
This one is my personal favorite – I love the design and definitely the price. It does not cost even $100 and has 1 TB of storage 😀
So, which one of these external hard drives do you think is best for you? Do not worry about compatibility for Mac or PC – with the correct formatting they work on both.