The devices on this page represent the best among their respective categories.
The D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure is a comprehensive solution to extend your network storage and functionality. It offers great performance and, despite its long list of features, remains very easy to use.
Fast and relatively simple, the D-Link ShareCenter DNS-325 NAS server makes a good home network storage solution for data sharing, media streaming, and backups. Those who want more features and easier remote data access, however, should check out some alternatives.
The Hitachi Easy Hard Drive packs a lot of capacity and fast performance into an easy-to-use external drive. We recommend it.
Featurewise, the Media Center blows away Maxtor's OneTouch, but it's an uneven performer.
The Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive is an attractive, lightweight drive with a decent price point for a drive of this capacity. Its size makes it great for travel, but the write speeds aren't up to par with other drives we've seen. We can't recommend it due to its lack of performance.
As far as basic external hard drives go, the SimpleTech SimpleDrive is compelling for its low price and generous online storage bundle. We like it.
Seagate's Pushbutton external hard drive is capacious but slow.
The Hitachi SimpleTough is by far the most indestructible external hard drive we've tested, capable of surviving drops of up to 10 feet and up to one ton of pressure. With a built-in USB cable, two-tiered data security package, and an impressive three-year warranty, we have no issue recommending this external hard drive to shoppers looking for space and security.
The Seagate FreeAgent Pro external hard drive is an elegant workaround for users who are intimidated by NAS drives. The bundled software is simple to use and makes copying your data to various location a cinch. We really like this external hard drive.
The Memorex Mega TravelDrive is a novel combination of large capacity and tiny size, but it's just that: a novelty. Its slow speeds and high per-gigabyte cost (for a hard drive) make it a hard sell.