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Best storage devices of 2016

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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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SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD

Rugged, fast and capacious, the SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD is an excellent portable drive.

Price: $297.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung Portable SSD T3

Compact, rugged, fast and capacious, the Portable SSD T3 is an excellent portable storage device to take on the go.

Price: $99.99 - $129.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Samsung Portable SSD T1

Other than its cost, the Samsung Portable SSD T1 is what any portable drive should be.

Price: $427.99 - $428.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

WD My Passport Ultra (Spring 2015)

The WD checks the boxes on everything you'd want in a portable storage drive, and with a stylish multiple color option, it's a easy recommendation.

Price: $129.00 - $162.59 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Transcend SSD370S

The Transcend SSD370S is an affordable and satisfying upgrade for any computers that still run on a hard drive.

Price: $318.00 - $368.64 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Synology DiskStation DS1513+

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.

Price: $2,085.00 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular A new level for NAS excellence

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: $249.99 - $279.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding
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