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Best storage devices

Updated April 11, 2014 12:34 PM PDT

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. The five devices on this page represent the best among their respective categories.

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Samsung 840 Evo

If you're looking for a fast SSD that offers top capacity at low cost, look no further than the Samsung 840 Evo.

4 stars Excellent Finally, an SSD that has almost everything

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: $789.99 - $887.16 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular A new level for NAS excellence

WD My Book VelociRaptor Duo

The My Book VelociRaptor Duo is one of the best storage devices thanks to its balanced combination of excellent performance, practical design, and relatively friendly pricing.

Price: $469.99 - $1,080.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Seagate Slim (500GB, USB 3.0)

The Seagate Slim is an excellent addition to your small laptop, especially one with USB 3.0, for both storage expansion and backup while you're out and about.

Price: $69.99 - $160.06 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Corsair Voyager Air

Despite a few shortcomings, the Corsair Voyager Air is an excellent way to extend your mobile devices' storage capacity and features.

Price: $179.99 - $304.51 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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