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Western Digital My Passport Pro
For a few years now I've been a fan of Western Digital My Passport drives. They're small, fast, and reliable. Given my happy past experiences with these external drives, I was excited when Western Digital sent me a pair of 2TB My Passport Pro.
Unlike the My Passport drives which house a single drive, the My Passport Pro houses two drives. This makes them thicker, but the two drives have benefits. Using the supplied software you can configure these drives as RAID 0 or RAID 1 (depending on whether you want speed or data duplication) or you can set them to appear as separate drives.
The My Passport Pro comes equipped with Thunderbolt connectivity, and the cable is attached, which is great because it means I don't have to buy one, and won't lose the one supplied! This drive delivers transfer rates as high as 233 MB/s, so it's no slouch. The drive also gets power from the Thunderbolt connector so there's no separate AC adaptor to carry (or lose).
Price: Starts at $299 for 2TB.
When you want bags of storage and a higher level of piece of mind than a single drive offers, it is time to employ the services of a bigger tool.
The Drobo Mini fits in nicely between a single external hard drive and a full-on multi-bay NAS box. Because it takes four 2.5-inch drive – as opposed to full-sized 3.5-inch drives – the Drobo Mini has a much smaller footprint than you might expect, and can connect to a PC or Mac using Thunderbolt or USB 3.0.
As well as the four drive, you can speed up a Drobo Mini by adding a separate mSATA solid state drive.
A handy – and portable – solution to the problem of ever-expanding data.
Price: Around $350 for a diskless unit.
Promise Pegasus2 RAID Storage with Thunderbolt
If you want the ultimate storage solution, look no further than the Promise Pegasus2 R4/R/R26. These offer four or six disk storage solutions with data transfer rates up to a blistering 800MB/s.
The top-end R8 It comes equipped with eight 4TB 7200-rpm hard drives offering a total of 32TB of storage when configured for RAID 5, with RAID 0, 1, 6, 10, 50, and 60 also supported.
But this doesn't come cheap, with the price tag being a cool $4,600.
The performance of this device has to be experienced to be believed, and it allows you to move a massive amount of data with unnerving ease.
Price: 8TB Pegasus2 R4 starts at around $1,499.