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Where to store it when the going gets tough

Die-Hard Drives: 5 Best Rugged Hard Drives

In today’s digital era of technology, “Knowledge is Power” has taken on a much broader meaning as data becomes our most valued asset. How we as users go about portably accessing and backing up these personal files — music, photos, financial documents, and third-party software — has proven to be just as critical. Whether it’s the aspiring music producer shopping beats around to labels or the established accountant keeping tabs of clients’ paper trails, everyone can use a sturdy and high-functioning portable hard drive, especially those who remain adventurous and (naturally or otherwise) accident prone.

We’re talking an external device that can withstand the daily wear and tear. Something that can handle being tossed in the messenger bag; something that can survive a natural disaster. Need we remind you of Hurricane Sandy, or of last Friday’s party at your place? Didn’t think so. Luckily for you, there’s a handful of damage-proof HHDs available sure to safeguard all your stored data — and we’ve found the best.

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That's one hot (home media) librarian

Seagate Central Shared Storage

Hard drives are about as exciting as, well, hard drives. Seagate Central ($190-$260) aims to change all that as the world’s first shared storage device with a Smart TV app, enabling you to access files on your flatscreen and just about every other device in your home. In short, the Seagate Central allows access to…

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Data farm, on the fly

Drobo Mini Storage Drive

If you’re not backing up your data, you’ll regret it. Cloud storage solutions like Dropbox provide some piece of mind, but they’ve yet to fully keep pace with today’s ever-growing media libraries. The Drobo Mini ($649+) is a new personal and portable storage solution for mobile professionals that holds up to 3TB of data in…

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Pop n' Lock

Satechi Lockdown Portable Hard Drive Enclosure

As life becomes increasingly more digital, securing your files is a must. You’re ahead of the game with password protection on your phone, tablet and computer. But what about that backup USB hard drive? Couldn’t someone just plug it into another computer, and copy every last bachelor party photo of you, “relaxing”, with just a…

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More Space, Same Case

New Apple Time Capsule

After sulking in the corner for the last two years from lack of attention, the Time Capsule ($300-$500) has finally received an update from the loving engineers in Cupertino. Well, sort of. Now the line consists of a 2TB and beefier 3TB model, which are available at the price points of the old 1TB and…

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One Big NAS Drive

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 12TB Storage Server

Network Accessible Storage used to be something only businesses needed to pay attention to. As the Napster turned BitTorrent generation continues to age though, the need to back up and maintain enormous libraries of digital photos, music, and videos has become much more of a mainstream consumer concern. That’s why storage brands like Seagate continue…

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The iPad's Storage Hungry Sidekick

Sanho iPad Hard Drive

Steve Jobs may believe the iPad is magical enough to replace a laptop for most users, but even as fond as we are of the device, there are still several glaring issues with it that need to be fixed. For example, just the other day we were debating how effective the iPad might be for…

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Hard Drives, Your Way

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Portable Hard Drive

Choosing a hard drive typically requires two decisions: storage-size and connectivity. Problem is, when it comes to connectivity options things are a mess. Your current options: USB, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire 800 don’t necessarily make it easy to choose a hard drive to buy that fits your current needs and promise compatibility as…

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The Tipping Point for USB 3.0

Buffalo Technology DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

USB 2.0, which has dominated the computer peripheral world since 2001, is finally showing signs of replacement by the next evolution in universal serial bus goodness, naturally called USB 3.0. Speculation over it crushing the eSATA standard is still hazy, but we’re throwing in our dollar on USB 3.0 giving eSATA a run for the…

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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini Portable Hard Drive

It goes without saying that most everyone has experienced a situation where they wished they had backed up their hard drive or opted for the larger hard drive option. Whether you’re a music download crazed maniac, photographer, or just don’t have the ability to throw a single file away then you need to take a…