While many users are opting to store important files and documents on the Cloud, others prefer the convenience and security of a physical storage drive. Storage drives are available in a wide range of prices and sizes, and can be grouped into three types: external, internal or attached via network.
Regardless of the type of storage drive you use, all can back up a user’s important files and information, increase the storage capacity of their computer, and assist in the sharing of data between computers.
5 Best Storage Drives on Amazon
The following are the five best storage drives based on type that can be purchased on Amazon.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3
64GB, USB 3.0, Read 150MB/s, Write 70MB/s
This is a handy, portable flash drive that users can carry in their pocket or on their keychain. It provides 64GB of storage, and uses a USB connection and a sliding design, so that you don’t have to worry about losing the cap. The USB 3.0 connection is more than eight times faster than standard 2.0 USB connections, so that you can save and transfer data files quickly and easily and it comes with a 5-year manufacturer warranty.
Currently priced just under $60 on Amazon, the unit is a low-cost, convenient way for users to save files and take them on the go.
Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive
1 TB, USB 3.0
This is one of the best storage drives on the market for users that need a portable, external hard drive. It is lightweight, comes in three storage sizes 500MB, 750MB and 1TB, is available in black, silver, red, and blue finishes, and is easy to use.
It comes with software that allows users to change between PC and Mac without reformatting, quick data transfers that allows the uploading of data to multiple social networks, and an adapter is available that allows users to upgrade to FireWire 800 or Thunderbolt technology. With all of these features, the relatively low price of just over $80 dollars on Amazon makes this unit a great deal.
WD My Book Velociraptor Duo External Dual Hard Drive 2 TB Storage RAID Thunderbolt
The Thunderbolt is a great external hard drive storage solution that is available on Amazon for around $700. The unit has received great customer reviews for reliability and it is the perfect solution for users that value speed over portability.
The unit provides super-fast speeds of 10,000 rpms for drives, the ability to connect additional drives via the ability to daisy chain between its two Thunderbolt ports, RAID protection and 2TB storage.
OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series SATA
6.0 GB/s 2.5-inch Solid State Drive (SSD)
This unit comes with the industry’s highest 120K IOPS and a 5-Year Warranty. It’s perfect for users that need additional storage space internally. The Vertex 4 offers low access latency, a 9-second boot up time, and extreme speeds of over 90,000 Random Write IOPS with a maximum 120,000 IOPS, which is currently, rated the fastest in the industry.
Despite the speed, the drive suffers no loss of performance across multiple file types and sizes, so it makes it perfect for video games and other applications that require extreme speed. This drive is available in sizes 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512 GB, the 256GB model is available at Amazon for around $300. The unit also comes with a five-year warranty should an issue arise over time.
Synology DiskStation 5-Bay DisklessNetwork Attached Storage (NAS) with iSCSI/DS1513+
For users who need a Network Access Storage (NAS) device, this the perfect solution for users that need a storage drive that can transfer data between networks as either the host of the network, or just a large and fast, multiple bay, storage server.
The main drawback is that many first-time users of a multiple bay storage server may find it a bit too complicated to install the unit and get it to work correctly with their computer’s settings. But once it is installed, it can handle a vast array of applications and processes, from home entertainment and connectivity to business processes for small to medium-sized businesses. The base unit is available from Amazon for around $850, and hard drives must be purchased separately, but once purchased and installed, a maximum of 15TB of storage space is available.
Of course, these are just some of the best storage drives available on Amazon, and what might be great for one user might not be the same for another user. Intended use, reliability and price are just three of the many factors that buyers should consider when selecting for their needs.
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