Six of the best storage gadgets
It's World Backup Day on March 31 and whether it's films photos, music or documents, you can rest assured these devices will keep your files safe. Polly Weeks reports.
Lighter than light
Kingston Technology MobileLite Wireless Pro, £79.99, from www.amazon.co.uk
MobileLite isn't just a clever name, it really is as light as a feather and small enough to fit conveniently in any bag. However, its size isn't the only thing going for it. It's a really good all in one. Use it to charge up your phone (two and a half times), backup films and photos from your phone or tablet, or even use the little box to stream content. In addition to housing a USB and SD port, it comes with 64GB of storage. It's wireless - unless of course you're charging it/charging your phone, but you will need to download the accompanying app and have access to Wi-Fi for some functions (streaming and copying data).
Rugged and ready
G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC Thunderbolt Case & 1TB G-DRIVE ev Drive, £148, from www.jigsaw24.com
Whether you're hiking up a mountain, kayaking on a choppy sea or simply just a bit clumsy, this super rugged hard drive will handle everything you throw at it. Encased in a durable coating, it's drop, water, pressure and dust proof, which means that if you love to travel and want an external hard drive to store your precious photos and films on, this is the hard drive for you. Likewise, if you think you're just as likely to drop it in your home study, it's equally suitable. It's not just about the outer layer, this comes with top-notch tech too. There's 1TB of storage and connects via Thunderbolt to make for quick transfer times.
Apple of your eye
Leef iBridge Mobile Memory for Apple Lightning Devices w/ Ice USB Drive, from £49.92, from www.qvcuk.com
Specifically for those with Apple devices (as it connects via the lightning port), this memory stick will give you that valuable extra storage you crave. There are three key functions: transferring and backing up files from your phone/iPad onto other devices via USB, linking up with your camera so that when you take photos they are stored directly onto the stick, and playing stored content (though not DRM protected content). The accompanying app is about as straight forward as you're going to get, just pick which of the three options above you'd like to use and off you go. Available in 16, 32, 64 and 128GB options.
Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive, £69.99, from www.maplin.co.uk
A go-to brand for hard drives, this Seagate model is great for your home study. It's not particularly trendy looking, but what it does, it does very well, namely, stores a massive amount of content and has quick transfer speeds. With a capacity of 2TB, you can keep around 500 full-length movies on it, and transfer them on to the device with USB 3.0 port - which is what gives you the quick transfer times (up to 5GB/s). What's more, this is really competitively priced. For an easy-to-use external hard drive, you'll really struggle to beat it.
WD My Cloud, from £125, from store.wdc.com
This isn't a portable device, but it does offer a portable service. Kept in your house and plugged into your home network, it connects to all of your devices - whether that's a phone, PC or tablet, then backs up all of your content to a cloud so that even if you're across the other side of the world, you can still access files created and saved on your PC back home. The main benefit of this is that it allows you to travel light and you'll not have the fear of leaving your external hard drive on a bus somewhere. You can opt for storage capacities of 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB and 8TB.
The LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive, available from June, from £169.99, from www.lacie.com
Given this gizmo has been designed in conjunction with Porsche, you just know it's going to be sleek to look at and fast to operate. It's not out until June but with an aluminium exterior to protect your precious data, it promises to be a good, sturdy device. There are going to be three versions to choose from; 4TB, 5TB and 8TB. All three come with USB-C connecter and 3.1 interface for quick transfer speeds. On top of that it comes with Eco Mode software so you're using less energy when it's not in use.
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