Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital Storage
Make room for your high-resolution images and backups, too
LaCie also has a Mini Hard Drive and Hub, equipped with FireWire 400 and Hi Speed USB 2.0 interfaces and multiple ports to connect other USB devices, including additional hard drives. Although compatible with both PC and Mac, this drive was designed to visually complement the Mac Mini. Measuring 6.5x6.5x1.8 inches, these drives can be stacked. Estimated Street Price: $180 (500 GB).
Maxtor's One Touch III external hard drives come in USB 2.0, as well as a connected USB 2.0/FireWire 400 model. Available in 300 GB, 500 GB and 750 GB capacities, these hard drives also provide one-touch backup, plus other automated functions, such as synching files between two computers each time the hard drive is disconnected and reconnected. Estimated Street Price: $169 (500 GB).
Pexagon's Store-It hard drive offers an EZ-Touch One Button Backup system with Retrospect Express software for simple file transfer and backup from one or more computers. The Progressive Backup system intuitively updates only the new and/or changed data, saving time and space. The software setup is step by step, and after that, all you need to do to keep your backups updated is press a button. Estimated Street Price: $220 (500 GB).