CNET's roundup of top-rated storage devices

CNET editor Dong Ngo's picks of top storage devices for the first half of 2011.

This is just a small part of a huge mess of storage devices and cables that CNET editors have to work through to bring you information that helps make well-informed purchases possible.
This is just a small part of a huge mess of storage devices and cables that CNET editors have to work through to bring you information that helps make well-informed purchases possible. Dong Ngo/CNET

From photos and music to home movies and recorded TV shows, it seems you'll never have enough space to store all the digital content you generate daily. You also want to access it fast and share it all easily, too. You want too much, but it's OK.

The good news is the development of storage devices has been rapid, and there are so many types of devices for you to choose from. If you want your laptop (or desktop for that matter) to boot fast and wake up instantly, there are solid state drives, such as the OCZ Vertex 3. You want a ton of storage space for cheap? Check out the 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT.

You're on the go and want something that's fast with a lot of storage capacity, yet small and light; maybe the Seagate GoFlex Slim or the Lexar Echo MX is what you want? On the other hand, if you're the sophisticated type and want something that can do more than just offer storage space, a NAS server is worth the consideration.

To save you the time of looking around, find below a list of the best storage devices fpr the first half of 2011.

Best 5 storage devices

Top internal and external drives

Best network-attached storage (NAS) servers

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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