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Best high-performance storage devices for your PC or Mac

While cloud storage has appeared just in time to offer free (or at least cheap) and easy access to gigabytes of storage space, many like to keep their data close to hand. Here are some of the best storage devices money can buy that will help you keep your data safe and organized.
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Introduction

Got a lot of data that you need to carry with you or keep close to hand? Read on!

Whether you have a few gigabytes to store, or many terabytes to wrangle, this selection of professional storage devices for PC and Mac systems has you covered.

Here are devices ranging from tiny "James Bond" style USB flash drives no bigger than a fingernail, to huge 48TB desktop monster drives.

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    OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2

    The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is engineered to excel for applications such as backup, audio/video, photography, data management and more.

    It comes preconfigured, plug and play ready in RAID-5 mode (high performance w/redundancy), you can easily change among its RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, span, and independent modes for the best combination of speed, capacity, and redundancy to meet any need you have.

    Storage options from 4TB to 32TB.

    Price: From $499.

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    G-Tech G-SPEED Studio XL

    The G-Tech G-SPEED Studio XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters* is a flexible, 8-Bay Thunderbolt 2 solution that delivers colossal capacity and fast transfer rates for demanding video workflows.

    The integrated Bay Adapters accommodate all ev Series drives, enabling cross-functionality with the Evolution Series for enhanced workflow and productivity.

    Capacities range from 18TB to a whopping 48TB!

    Price: $2,800 for 18TB, to $5,000 for 48TB.

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    SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0

    Store up to 128GB is something not much bigger than your fingernail.

    Not only are these drives great when you want to pack the maximum amount of storage into the smallest space possible, but they are also work great as additional storage for tablets, smart TVs and car stereos where low-profile is paramount.

    I have a few of these, and other than the fact that they are easy to misplace/lose, there's not much wrong with them.

    Price: 128GB for $35.

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    OWC Drive Dock

    The OWC Drive Dock is the ultimate, high-performance bare drive access tool. For creative workflows, backup, or other tasks requiring constant access to multiple drives.

    Two drive bays accommodate both 2.5" and 3.5" drives and can access a drive in each simultaneously. Each bay features its own independent power switch and LED activity monitor. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports deliver extreme-speed data transfers, and support daisy-chain expansion with up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. Drive Dock also includes a USB 3.0 port for versatile compatibility and the auto-switching internal power supply is compatible with any dual prong cable.

    Price: $245.

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    OWC Envoy Pro mini

    The OWC Envoy Pro mini is an ultra-portable, SuperSpeed bus-powered external SSD storage solution built around OWC's Aura Pro SSD, which is a fast SSD capable of transfer rates of up to 500MB/s.

    Elegant, light, and strong, the Envoy Pro mini offers full-sized desktop-class SSD performance in the ultimate go-anywhere storage companion.

    Price: From $98 for 120GB.

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    OWC Envoy Pro EX

    Small, thin, light, beautifully designed, and packed with super-fast storage, the OWC Envoy Pro EX external flash drive is ideal for any professional looking to augment the internal storage.

    And despite being an external drive, the OWC Envoy Pro EX is fast enough to keep up with the most demanding of tasks.

    Price: Starting at $165 for 240GB.

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    VisionTek 240GB USB 3.0 Pocket SSD

    The VisionTek USB Pocket SSD looks like any other high-capacity flash drive with a USB 3.0 connector, but on the inside it is a full-blown Solid State Drive (SSD) featuring a high-performance SandForce controller.

    Yes, this is a pocketable SSD.

    This means you'll experience up to 455MB/s reads and up to 440MB/s writes, which is as quick as some internal SSDs currently available.

    All this technology is housed in a tough aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure.

    Highly recommended!

    Price: $174.99.

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    Kingston DataTraveler microDuo

    A tiny drive that even James Bond would be impressed by! The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo not only connects to Windows/Mac/Linux PCs, but also works with Android 4.0+ devices that feature USB OTG support, allowing you to access the storage, which in turn allows you to expand the storage on your smartphone or tablet.

    Price: Ranging from $12 for 16GB to $30 for 64GB.

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    NewerTech miniStack MAX

    The NewerTech miniStack MAX puts the diverse functionality of a high-capacity hard drive, Blu-ray/CD/DVD optical drive, SD card reader and USB powered hub into a single elegant aluminum finish enclosure.

    Ideal when you want to maximize desk space or reduce on cable clutter.

    Storage options from 0TB (add your own drive) to 6TB.

    Price: From $168.

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