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: $224.00 - $269.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Rugged design meets extreme performance

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt

The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series is an excellent portable drive thanks to its great performance, flexible and rugged design, and friendly pricing.

Price: $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: $99.99 - $126.83 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 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: $207.00 - $269.99 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: $72.43 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

WD My Book Duo

The WD My Book Duo is a fast, versatile, and secure way to add lots of storage space to your desktop computer without digging a hole in your pocket.

Price: $329.99 - $449.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

A beautiful piece of storage jewelry

LaCie Christofle Sphere

Would you pay $490 for a 1TB external hard drive? You might happily do so for the LaCie Christofle Sphere, which is basically a piece of jewelry with external storage capability inside. Here's CNET's full review.

Price: $490.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best of both SSD and HDD worlds

WD Black 2 Dual Drive

Fast, user-friendly, and affordable, the WD Black 2 Dual Drive is an easy recommendation as a replacement drive for any standard laptop or desktop computer.

Price: $147.88 - $199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Top capacity Thunderbolt portable drive

WD My Passport Pro

The WD My Passport Pro is an all-around excellent storage solution for any Thunderbolt-enabled Macs, particularly the MacBook Pro or Air.

Price: $339.99 - $429.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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