Best storage devices of 2015


There are three main types of consumer-grade computer storage: internal, external, and network attached. Internal storage is generally a hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD) that hosts your computer's operating systems and programs. External storage comes mostly in the form of external drives that connect to a computer via a peripheral port, such as USB or Thunderbolt. Finally, network attached storage (NAS) solutions are those that connect to a switch or a router to provide storage space and services to the entire network. These devices on this page represent the best among their respective categories.

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Samsung SSD 850 Evo

The Samsung 850 Evo has the best combination of performance and cost, making it the ideal drive for any home users.

Price: $182.95 - $209.95 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt

If you want to keep your data safe from handling mishaps while getting the top Thunderbolt performance on the market, look no further than the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain portable drive.

Price: $269.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Samsung SSD 850 Pro

The hefty pricing aside, the Samsung SSD 850 Pro is one of the best, if not the best, standard consumer-grade solid-state drives on the market.

Price: $89.40 - $119.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

A robust storage powerhouse

Synology DiskStation DS1513+

Supporting massive dynamically scalable storage, and offering a vast amount of well-thought-out features, the Synology DiskStation DS1513+ will transform the way you enjoy digital entertainment and manage your business, both locally and over the Internet.

Price: $1,090.00 - $1,136.96 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular A new level for NAS excellence

Top capacity USB 3.0 portable drive

Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)

Seagate's new Backup Plus Fast portable drive is the quickest and most capacious compact external hard drive to date. Here's CNET's full review of the storage device.

Price: $202.40 - $279.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Samsung Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device

The Samsung Wireless is the best mobile device for media streaming and data backup, but only Android users need apply.

Price: $75.18 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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