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Hardware and services for safeguarding your photos

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A smart photo-backup strategy is one of the best investments you can make. We've reached a point where big-capacity storage is very affordable—for a few hundred dollars you can virtually guarantee that your image collection will survive disk crashes and other data disasters.

Redundancy of data is the key. The more copies of your images you have, the safer they are. Start with a mirrored backup of your entire library. Two hard drives linked together in a RAID 1 configuration will automatically mirror their data; if one drive fails, the other contains identical copies of your files. The hard drives featured here are all dual-drive devices ready for RAID 1 backups.

For your most important images, consider additional protection, such as removable media like memory cards or online services. The more copies you have—in more places—the safer your images will be.


DriveStation Duo is available in 2 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB configurations. It features a fast USB 3.0 connection, is compatible with Apple Time Machine, and includes backup software for Windows users. Estimated Street Price: From $299 (2 TB).

Designed to look great with your aluminum Mac, G-RAID with Thunderbolt comes formatted for OS X, but can be reformatted easily for use with Windows. Available in 4 TB and 8 TB. Estimated Street Price: From $699 (4 TB).

Ideal for redundant backups when traveling, the PortaGig offers capacities of 1 TB and 1.5 TB, and has both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity in a compact enclosure that you can literally fit in your pocket. Estimated Street Price: From $300 (1 TB).

USB 2.0 FireWire 400 FireWire 800 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt
60 MB/s 49 MB/s 100 MB/s 600 MB/s 1025 MB/s
*Approximate maximum speeds. Actual transfer rates vary depending on the devices used.


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