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External Hard Drives Buyer's Guide

We assess 25 of the hottest external hard disk drives from Cavalry, Iomega, LaCie, Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital, and more.

Apricorn

Apricorn may be a little bit out of the mainstream but it has a good selection of external storage solutions.




Apricorn Aegis Vault
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Aegis Vault
Capacity: 80, 120, 160, 250, 320 GB
Interface: USB
Durability Rating: Tip-over
Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps
External Power Supply: No
Fan: No
Dimensions: 0.75" x 3.3" x 4.7"
Weight: 5.5 oz.
Price: $129 (250 GB)
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The 80-GB Aegis Vault is a bus-powered, USB drive with 128-bit AES encryption. While not officially classified as "rugged," the Vault nonetheless features a 16-point omni-directional shock mounting system.

Buffalo Technology

Buffalo is a prodigious international company with a range of external solutions that cover desktops and networks, data, and media, and the company even ventures into flash drives as well.




Buffalo Technology MiniStation TurboUSB
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MiniStation TurboUSB
Capacity: 120, 160, 250, 320, 500 GB
Interface: USB
Durability Rating: Tip-over
Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps
External Power Supply: No
Fan: No
Dimensions: 5" x 0.8" x 3.3"
Weight: 6.72 oz.
Price: $290 (500 GB)
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The USB-only drive is available in sizes ranging from 120 GB to 500 GB and is powered through the USB port. It uses Memeo AutoBackup software and SecureLockWare encryption. Both are Windows-only applications.




Buffalo Technology MiniStation TurboUSB
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DriveStation Combo 4
Capacity: 320, 500 GB, 1 TB
Interface: USB, FireWire, FireWire 800, eSATA
Durability Rating: Tip-over
Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps, 400 Mbps, 800 Mbps, 3 GBps
External Power Supply: Yes
Fan: No
Dimensions: 1.5" x 5" x 9
Weight: 51.4 oz.
Price: $164 (500 GB)
Web Site

Meant more for the desktop than the shirt pocket, the Combo 4 is available in 320-GB to 1-TB sizes and runs the gamut of interface options with USB, FireWire, FireWire 800, and eSATA. According to Buffalo, it powers down with your computer and features the same backup and security options as the MiniStation TurboUSB drive.

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