OWC Mercury Elite Pro
List Price: From $139 (500 GB) to $349 (4 TB)
A clean and slim profile, fast transfer rates and 7200 RPM speeds make the Mercury Elite Pro series a good choice for photo archiving and video work. Available in a range of capacities, the drives can be stacked horizontally for multiple drive arrays or mounted in the included vertical stand.
Capacities Available: 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB
Interface: USB 3.0, FireWire 800
Dimensions (HxWxD): 4.6×1.5×9.0 inches
Seagate Backup Plus Desktop
List Price: From $99 (1 TB) to $189 (4 TB)
These sleek upright drives look great and are an excellent value, especially the higher-capacity models. Included software helps with backups and can automatically save photos you post on social networks. You also can swap out the base with optional interface upgrades like Thunderbolt. Four LEDs on the front of the drive act as a capacity gauge.
Capacities Available: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB
Interface: USB 3.0, optional Thunderbolt or FireWire 800
Dimensions (HxWxD): 6.2×1.7×4.4 inches
Transcend StoreJet 35T3
List Price: From $149 (2 TB) to $205 (3 TB)
Press the One Touch Auto-Backup button on the front of the drive, and the included Transcend Elite software will automatically run your preconfigured backup routine. The software also enables real-time incremental backups by watching for changes to files and folders.
Capacities Available: 2 TB, 3 TB
Interface: USB 3.0
Dimensions (HxWxD): 6.0×1.8×6.8 inches
Western Digital My Book Live Duo
List Price: From $359 (4 TB) to $559 (8 TB)
Connect the My Book Live Duo to your wireless router and create your own "Personal Cloud" for centralized backups of all the computers in your home. You can access your photos and other files on any Internet-connected computer, as well as smartphones and tablets with WD’s free mobile apps. WD SmartWare software provides continuous backups automatically whenever you change a file. The dual-drive system can be configured as RAID 1 for mirrored redundancy.
Capacities Available: 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB
Dimensions (HxWxD): 6.5×3.9×6.2 inches