Your computer's internal hard drive is getting full and you need to expand the storage? It's time to get yourself an external hard drive. They are getting increasingly larger in capacity, cheaper in price, and much faster (those that support USB 3.0, anyway).
If your computer doesn't support USB 3.0, it's fairly easy to upgrade via an add-in card. Some external hard drives actually come with the add-in card themselves: the
One of the big factors when it comes to getting an external hard drive is the type of connections it has, be it USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire, or eSATA. Most external hard drives offer just one or two types of connections, with USB 2.0 being the most popular. Fortunately, if you buy one of those in Seagate's new FreeAgent GoFlex family, such as the
Most of the external hard drives come bundled with free software that help ease the job of backing things up. And if you are one of those people who is totally helpless when it comes to backing up, the
And finally, if you have a large amount of media stored on your computer and often have a hard time finding what you need, consider the
If you want to see how all these types of external hard drives stack up, check out our list of top external hard drives that CNET has reviewed so far in 2010.