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Top 5 External Hard Drives of 2012

With so many different brands and models, which drives offer the best speed, reliability and price?


Paranoia is often what drives us to buy an external hard drive. We need to "back up" our photos and other information in case our computers die. But sometimes we have to buy another hard drive to back up the first hard drive. In our haste, we had bought the wrong brand.

We have reached the end of another year. It is time to compile the best external hard drive brands of the year so you won’t make the same mistake in the new year. From good to the best, here is a list of the best external hard drive brands of 2012:


Transcend’s StoreJet 25M3 came in a close second to Western Digital’s Passport (a 9.04 out of 10) according to TopTenReviews.com. It is very durable, has up to 1 TB capacity, and it has the transfer speed of 5 Gbps. While Transcend has a wide selection of portable hard drives, they do not sell desktop hard drives.


Seagate's most popular product is the Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive. It comes with extra-nifty features such as "social" backup for all your facebook and flicker photo needs. Plus this hard drive "shares" its contents with a simple click. Desktop external hard drives have similar features, but more memory. Seagate has reliable products, and pretty awesome features, but its price could be lower. None of Seagate’s portable memory capacity has above 1 TB, but the everyday person will be pleased with what Seagate has to offer.

Buffalo Technology

Buffalo Technology makes some of the best portable hard drives. Among their best is the Ministation Thunderbolt. It is known for its durability, shock protection, and thick plastic casing. The Thunderbolt also has a lighting fast data transfer with an interface speed of 10 Gbps! So if you’re looking for an efficient hard drive that can survive a fall and go to work with you, Buffalo has what you need.


ioSafe is all about being prepared for disaster. Not just digital disaster. They’ve designed their external harddrives to take the worst natural disasters. Doomsday preppers would have loved their ioSafe Solo. You can screw it down to thief-proof it. It is both fire and waterproof. It can take temperatures up to 1550 degrees for an half-hour, and it can keep your data safe even beneath 10 ft of water for 3 days. Plus it’s data recovery service will cover any other digital disaster.

Western Digital

Western Digital’s "My Passport Essential" had the best reviews (a 9.45 out of 10) on TopTenReviews.com. It’s no wonder; it’s small (passport size), portable, and holds up to 2 TB of memory—I’d like to see Seagate beat that. Overall, Western Digital has great products that will blow your mind. (Really—2 TB packed into the size of a passport?)

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