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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Hitachi Australia LifeStudio Desk Plus (2TB)

The Hitachi LifeStudio Desk Plus is a unique external hard drive in both form and function. Its attractive interface and user-friendly software make up for the sluggish transfer speeds. If you require a place to store your digital library, look no further than the Hitachi LifeStudio Desk Plus.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 27th Oct., 2010
  • Chris Jager
  • Hitachi Australia
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 3.75
  • $ 279.00
  • Pros:
  • LifeStudio software is attractive and easy to use, simple backup software with 3GB of free cloud storage, comes bundled with 4GB USB thumb drive
  • Cons:
  • Bulky design, file transfer speeds could be faster, lacks a power button
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