WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition
WD My Passport Wireless
This clever little box is a lot more interesting than a lot of other external hard-drives out there, mainly down to its nifty wireless capabilities. For instance, you can stream content from the drive to other devices, your tablet for instance, greatly increasing your amount of storage. You can also stick in an SD card from a camera and instantly beam your snaps to your phone. Very handy. The battery should last for 20 hours and packs 2TB of internal storage.
A really clever little device that not only boasts a 1TB HDD, but also a battery and Wi-Fi to make it the ultimate on-the-road media machine. Once the drive is loaded up with content, download the app on iOS or Android and it'll make all those hours of movies available right on your device. It'll even work wirelessly with a computer, opening up your files in a web browser. It's got a decent battery that'll last around 6 hours, rugged construction and it streams without a hitch.
Integral 512 GB SSD USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
Coming in at a super pocket friendly size, but with a not so pocket friendly price, this 512GB SSD toting portable hard drive will probably only be for those people who need lots of data that is quickly accessible. There’s USB 3.0 support, a read speed of up to 230 mb/s and a write speed 140 mb/s. There’s also a 1TB version available, though this does come in at a whopping £1,299.
G-Technology 2TB G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt Storage System
This dual bay, external storage solution for your Mac boasts two removable ev USB 3.0 drives, while also offering easy set-up for back ups and RAID drives. Thunderbolt support is of course included, letting you get data transfer speeds of up to 10GB per second.
LaCie Blade Runner
With the style of a metallic radiator, this Philipe Starck designed hard-drive is unique to say the least and will certainly provide a talking point if it’s nestled next to your computer. It comes solely in 4TB capacity, so plenty of space for all your holiday snaps. The Blade Runner is compatible with the speedy USB 3.0 interface and there’s a nifty glowing LED light to show when the unit is powered on.
Apple Time Capsule
Apple’s Time Capsule is not just a wireless external hard-drive; it’s also an 802.11ac capable Wi-Fi router than can increase your speeds by 3x. The sleek, white box works seamlessly with Time Machine on your Mac to automatically back-up all those important files. It also allows you to share documents between multiple devices and you can even introduce a wireless printer into the mix.
Seagate Central Wireless Hard Drive
Simply plug this Seagate drive into your Wi-Fi router and you’ve got a wireless home back-up system to keep all your files safely stored across multiple computers. There’s wireless streaming of video content too through a web browser and an even deeper, enhanced experience if you own a Samsung Smart TV.
LaCie Porsche Design P′9233
This external HD, produced with the help of Porshce, is sleek and simple in its appearance, yet still has enough power inside to store all your valuable files. Lacie claim the design matches up nicely to your iMac and doesn’t look out of place on even the most minimalist of desk. Under the protective chassis you’ll find a USB 3.0 interface – along with support for the classic USB 2.0 – so transferring files should be a breeze.
The latest addition to the G-Drive range brings with it some new features, while keeping the multiple ports that made its predecessor so popular. USB 3.0 is now fully supported and there are two ports for any FireWire 800 peripherals you may have lying around. Inside you’ll find a fast 7200 rpm drive to keep transfers smooth and compatibility with Apple’s Time Machine service. The good-looking aluminium chassis will make sure this doesn’t look out of place on your desk, whilst keeping the internals cool.
The MyBook from Western Digital is perfect if you’re looking for an external hard-drive that’ll blend into your set-up. The simple aluminium enclosure is reminiscent of many Apple products, yet it has heat-dissipating technology meaning it always stays cool. In terms of ports, there’s the classic USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 for faster file transfers if you have the right hardware.
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD
If you’ve bought a new Mac in the last few years then most likely it came equipped with a Thunderbolt port, this allows for uber fast file transfers. This Solid State Drive from Elgato utilises that little port and offers speeds that double that of USB 3.0, meaning you can transfer 1GB of data in about 10 seconds. Being an SSD, there are no moving parts so it’s quiet and less prone to accidental damage, while being small enough to slip into your back pocket.
ioSafe Solo G3
Fanless, fire-retardant, speedy USB 3.0 external drive that turns its 2TB of storage into an art form.
DashDrive Elite USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Some of the most recent laptops, like the MacBook Air, have a fairly meagre amount of basic storage, which can be a pain if you’re transporting lots of large files around. This portable hard-drive is sleek and thin enough to fit snug in your manbag, yet still offers 500GB of space, USB 3.0 and a scratch resistant coating.
Buffalo DriveStation Axis Velocity
If your computer is full of family photos that you’d rather not lose in the event of a hard-drive crash, then the useful automatic, scheduled back-up on this Buffalo DriveStation could come in handy. It works with either the included software or Time Machine if you’re a Mac user to keep your files safely stored out of harms way. Keeping this ticking over internally is a fast 7200 rpm hard drive, hardware encryption and USB 3.0 connectivity.
Corsair Voyager Air Portable Wireless Hard Drive
What sets the Corsair Voyager apart from the crowd is its useful wireless capabilities that allow you to stream content to a mobile device, like a smartphone or tablet. If you’re one of those people who love carrying round hours and hours of the latest blockbusters for your daily commute, then this device allows you to store all your content and beam it to your tablet when you’re on the tube. It comes equipped with an internal battery that’s good for seven hours and USB 3.0 connectivity for your computer.