Holiday gift guide: best external hard drives

The best hard drives and thumb drives from Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital and LaCie

The holiday season is a perfect time to get your media library in order (after all, there are only so many digital photos and movies that your PC can store). If you'd like to make backups of all your data - or simply require a storage device for all your media - the following products will not disappoint. These are some of the best external hard drives on the market from trusted brands including Hitachi, Western Digital and Seagate.

Click on the photo for each product to read our in-depth review.

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LaCie Rikki Go (500GB)

The LaCie Rikki Go is arguably the most stylish portable hard drive on the market. It's durable, tiny and comes with handy software. Recommended.

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  • 17th Sept., 2010
  • Chris Jager
  • LaCie
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  • Pros:
  • Stylish, rugged and ultraportable design, quiet operation, comes with a year's worth of free online storage (10GB)
  • Cons:
  • Dodgy USB cable, a bit slow with small file transfers

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