Best storage devicesUpdated April 23, 2014 11:17 AM 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. These devices on this page represent the best among their respective categories.
The fastest portable drive
Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ (256GB)
Don't let the compact design of the Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ fool you! It's the fastest portable storage device on the market. Here's CNET's full review of the drive.
Fast SSD doesn't have to be expensive
Samsung 840 Evo
The Samsung 840 Evo offers great performance, top capacity, and a helpful software bundle, and doesn't dig a hole in your wallet. What else can you ask for in a solid-state drive?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.