Though not the fastest on the market, the WD Elements' large capacity makes it an excellent deal considering its low price.
Though it offers little in the way of bells and whistles, the Seagate Expansion delivers a ton of storage for cheap.
LaCie announced its Porsche Design Mobile Drive, which features a USB-C connector and will work natively with Apple's new MacBook. The drive will also work with existing computers' USB ports via an included adapter cable.
If you need only a moderate amount of external storage space, the Seagate Seven is an excellent investment, thanks both to its design and performance.
If you need lots of extra storage space in a compact package, the LaCie D2 Thunderbolt 2 is a great accessory for your Thunderbolt 2-enabled Macs.
Excessive heat and degraded performance make the Silicon Power Thunder T11 appropriate only for casual Mac users.
The Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ is by far the fastest portable drive to date and, for power users, totally worth the investment.
The LaCie Christofle Sphere is definitely not a storage device that you need, but rather something you want for its great look and fast performance.
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.
The speedy My Passport Slim is an excellent mobile backup and storage expansion option. Its rugged, metal-casing design is a great extra, considering its affordable cost.
For anyone owning a USB 3.0-ready laptop, the speedy and compact Toshiba Canvio Slim II makes an excellent companion for both storage expansion and data backup purposes.
Compact and fast, the Transcend ESD200 is an excellent storage and backup extension for your USB 3.0-enabled laptop.
The WD My Passport Ultra is one of the best portable drives you can buy with software that makes backups fast and easy.
LaCie showed off at CES 2013 an external hard drive that either screams weird or carries a bold statement, depending on your mood.
The Toshiba Canvio Desk is a frills-free, solid performer for desktop users looking for a backup drive or to expand their storage space.
Uniquely designed, the Pegasus J2 is perfect for deep-pocketed mobile users who want a compact, superfast, and RAID-enabled storage device, but not the rest.
Those with a notebook computer, especially a MacBook Air, will find the G-Drive Slim a very good companion.
Fast, flexible, rugged, and affordable, the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt is one of the best high-end portable drives on the market.