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Top Ten External Hard Drives of 2016 – Highest Rated External Hard Drives | BVA IT Consulting Blog

For many, routinely backing up your data is a must and you can do it for relatively cheap. For instance, for under $100 you can add a terabyte or more of data storage to you laptop, desktop, or tablet. There are many to choose from and a couple things to consider depending on the type of external hard drive you want.  Desktop-class drives usually culminate at 6TB. They require a power adapter and are designed to stay in one place. They also come with a built-in fan for cooling which will extend its life expectancy.  Notebook-class hard drives are powered through a connector cable, without the need of a power adapter, and come in capacities from 500GB to 2TB. Although rare because of the cost per gigabyte, external solid-state drives (SSDs) for notebook-class can be found in smaller capacities ranging from 120GB to 512 GB. Here is a list of the top external hard drives:

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, $1299.00

Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT FIPS (4TB), $409.00g-speed external drive

Lacie Fuel, $199.00

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive (5TB), $219.99

Apricorn Aegis Padlock SSD (480GB), $799.00

G-Technology G-Speed Studio (24TB), $3599.00

Monster Digital Overdrive Thunderbolt (1TB), $999.99

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive (32GB), $79.99

Seagate Backup Plus Slim (2TB), $129.99

Western Digital My Passport Pro, $429.99