Though not the fastest on the market, the WD Elements' large capacity makes it an excellent deal considering its low price.
WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ makes an excellent storage solution for housing a large amount of data that's frequently accessed and manipulated.
The OCZ Vector Series SSD would make a great investment for those moving on from using a hard drive as the main drive of their system.
The WD My Passport Portable makes an excellent portable drive for use with both desktop and laptop computers, at home or while on the road.
Relatively compact and ultrarugged, the IoSafe Rugged Portable could be a great investment for someone who's constantly on the go or works in a challenging environment such as a ship, an oil rig, construction sites, or even war zones. For others, it would probably be overkill.
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.
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk is the largest single-volume external hard drive on the market and has arguably the best combination of design, performance, and storage capacity.
Western Digital's My Book 3.0 is a great external-storage addition for desktop computer users. However, notebook users have better choices.
The LaCie d2 Quadra is a capacious and speedy drive, with lots of connection options.