Mini Test

Store more pho­to­graphs, and store them se­curely, in one of the six ex­ter­nal hard drives we’ve got on test

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Now that even en­try-level Nikon D-SLRs are ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 24.2-megapixel RAW files, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore your com­puter’s hard drive starts feel­ing the strain. But you needn’t break out the screw­drivers and at­tempt to up­grade it. Ex­ter­nal desk­top hard drives of­fer im­mense amounts of stor­age, and in many cases cost lit­tle more than a stan­dard in­ter­nal drive. What’s more, while desk­top drives aren’t ex­actly pocket-sized, they’re fairly por­ta­ble and are usu­ally com­pat­i­ble with both PCs and Macs.

A sep­a­rate mains adap­tor typ­i­cally pro­vides power and USB is still the data con­nec­tion of choice for most desk­top drives, but th­ese days you won’t have to put up with slow trans­fer rates. USB 3.0 will al­low even the fastest ex­ter­nal hard drive to per­form to the max. Many ex­ter­nal hard drives also in­clude soft­ware to au­to­mate the te­dious task of back­ing up your pho­tos, and oth­ers of­fer nifty fea­tures like data en­cryp­tion!

Here, we’ve gath­ered to­gether six drives at a va­ri­ety of price points, and all with at least a three-ter­abyte ca­pac­ity.

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