Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital Storage
Make room for your high-resolution images and backups, too
Seagate offers a wide variety of external hard drives, including the 750 GB Pushbutton Backup External Hard Drive, which measures 7.1x6.5x2.3 inches when placed horizontally. But since it's the first to use Seagate's perpendicular recording technology, it's only fitting that it sits vertically on the desk, using a pedestal as its base. Compatible with both PC and Mac, this drive is hot-swappable and features both USB 2.0 and FireWire connections. As its name implies, the drive comes with easy-to-use backup software. Estimated Street Price: $399.
The dual interface of the SmartDisk 250 GB CrossFire external hard drive ensures connection to almost any computer, and an included CMS BounceBack Express software package sees your data safely through scheduled backups and automatic launching. The highly portable drive features a 7200 rpm rotation for fast processing. Estimated Street Price: $160.
Western Digital offers a line of hard drives with similar features. The MyBook line of drives offers a range of storage capacities to fit any photographer's needs. The MyBook Premium ES Edition features USB 2.0 interfaces and includes express backup software. The drive is Mac- and PC-compatible. Measuring 6.8x5.6x2.2 inches, it's designed to look like a book and can be stored vertically or horizontally. A safe shut-down feature makes sure the device remains active until all data is finished writing. Estimated Street Price: $159 (500 GB).