The devices on this page represent the best among their respective categories.
Fast and massive, the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop is an excellent backup drive for any USB 3.0-enabled computer or server.
The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS server makes a good, affordable backup and storage center for home and small office environments where only simple file sharing and data backup are needed. Keep looking for alternatives if you want more advanced NAS features.
For those who need to ensure that their data will survive disasters, the IoSafe SoloPro is one of a few, if not the only, worthwhile options on the market. General users, however, won't find much appeal in it.
CNET editor Dong Ngo rounds up current top external hard drives that make the best backup drives.
The Hitachi Easy Hard Drive packs a lot of capacity and fast performance into an easy-to-use external drive. We recommend it.
The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive offers a small footprint and fast-enough performance, but the setup process was a bit frustrating.
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.
Older hard-drive enclosures may be limited in the size of drive they can present to your system.
Iomega announces the availability of two new NAS servers, the dual-bay StorCenter px2-300d and the four-bay StorCenter ix4-300d, which offer lots of storage space and features.
Iomega announces the new generation of its NAS server, the StorCenter ix2-2000.