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.

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Western Digital My Book Studio

The Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB) is an excellent external hard drive for people who need lots of storage. It features useful software, an attractive design and whisper-quiet operation.

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  • 1st Sept., 2010
  • Danny Chamoun
  • Western Digital
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  • Attractive design, customisable e-label display, useful software
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  • USB 2.0 transfer speeds could be a bit faster
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