Rewritable DVD discs, memory cards and USB memory sticks are great, but they're useless if you're a major file hoarder. What you really need is a big, dirty hard drive to prevent your burgeoning collection of multimedia files from spilling out of your PC and creating a sticky mess on the floor.
When it comes to big hard drives, there aren't many better than the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 series. These 3.5-inch drives come in a range of capacities, ranging from the diminutive 40GB offering up to a gargantuan 500GB monster.
Our half terabyte sample arrived recently and we've wasted no time in feeding it a strict diet of movies, images and hip-hop MP3s. Oh, and some stuff by Coldplay for when we're feeling introspective.
The entire 7200.9 series has a fast 7,200-RPM spin speed and cache memory sizes from 2MB to 16MB depending on capacity. They also feature native command queuing (NCQ). This clever technology rearranges the order of drive instructions for more efficient operation. Think of it as a kind of virtual postman who delivers mail in a logical street-by-street fashion and not in a random first from the sack manner.
The 7200.9 (£235) is available from all good Internet retailers and comes with a reassuring 5-year warranty. -RR