The devices on this page represent the best among their respective categories.
The budget-minded Synology Disk Station DS214se is an excellent choice for home with casual backup, media-streaming, and data-sharing needs.
Fast and massive, the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop is an excellent backup drive for any USB 3.0-enabled computer or server.
Next month, Synology will ship the new DS414play designed to handle full-HD media streaming with built-in media transcoding capability.
CNET editor Dong Ngo rounds up current top external hard drives that make the best backup drives.
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.
LaCie showed off at CES 2013 an external hard drive that either screams weird or carries a bold statement, depending on your mood.
The Synology DiskStation DS213Air is a great network storage device for home users, especially those who also want to extend their Wi-Fi network.
Many hard drives come preformatted with special utility software that largely is not needed, and may even be problematic or limiting at times.
Synology DiskStation DS412+ makes an excellent NAS server for advanced home and small-office networks.
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.