The devices on this page represent the best among their respective categories.
The Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ is by far the fastest portable drive to date and, for power users, totally worth the investment.
The Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is easily one of the best multiple-bay NAS servers to date, performing superbly both as an advanced storage server and as the central host for a long list of home entertainment and business uses.
The Synology DiskStation DS213Air is a great network storage device for home users, especially those who also want to extend their Wi-Fi network.
LaCie showed off at CES 2013 an external hard drive that either screams weird or carries a bold statement, depending on your mood.
The LaCie Christofle Sphere is definitely not a storage device that you need, but rather something you want for its great look and fast performance.
The Toshiba Canvio Desk is a frills-free, solid performer for desktop users looking for a backup drive or to expand their storage space.
Synology DiskStation DS412+ makes an excellent NAS server for advanced home and small-office networks.
Although expensive and difficult to use for networking novices, the Synology DS209+ offers awesome throughput speed and nearly all the features you could ever need in a NAS server.
If you have a new hard drive to use with your Mac, there are several considerations to keep in mind for its optimal use.
Many hard drives come preformatted with special utility software that largely is not needed, and may even be problematic or limiting at times.