The Best Wireless Storage Devices for Macs

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The Best Wireless Storage Devices for Macs
Wireless data storage is gaining popularity as laptop use rises. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Wireless storage provides an excellent option for those used to managing large amounts of data yet staying portable with a laptop. Any hard drive may be formatted to work with the storage methods used by the Mac OS, and wireless hard drive standards run the same across platforms, so staying platform-specific isn't completely necessary here. Yet there are many options for those looking to transfer their data from their computer and into the wireless realm.

Seagate GoFlex Satellite

The Seagate GoFlex pushes boundaries by forgoing a wireless router and creating its own Wi-Fi network on-board. You needn't worry about attaching your Network-Attached-Storage device to a Wi-Fi network, as this hard drive does the trick itself. Seagate has gone ahead and future-proofed the satellite by including the new transfer standard USB 3.0, if the need for wired data transfer ever became necessary. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite commanded 4 out of 5 stars from CNET's editorial board and is offered at Amazon for 199.99 at the time of writing, making this Satellite an attractive one.

Apple Time Capsule

The Apple Time Capsule offers the best in Mac connectivity, as the wireless hard drive was made with Apple hardware and software directly in mind. The drive offers up to a terabyte in storage, and ought to, as per the company's unofficial motto, "just work." The hefty price at the time of writing, however, may dissuade potential buyers. For home users seeking simplicity and reliability, the Time Capsule is a good bet.

LaCie Wireless Space

LaCie offers an attractive foray into the wireless hard drive competition with its 1-2 terabyte Wireless Space. The drive offers a lot of space, yet does not have a replaceable hard drive -- essential for those wary of unreliable drives and wishing to keep their data on a new, unworn spinning disk. However, for the casual user, the Wireless Space is convenient and not too expensive.

Iomega iConnect

The Iomega iConnect is a great option for those who already have wired hard drives and wish to migrate their data into the wireless realm. The iConnect allows you to connect up to four USB 2.0 wired storage devices and connect to the local network through ethernet cable, interfacing with your router to put your data in the air. The iConnect's low price at the time of writing poses it as a great option for those with multiple hard drives already, not wishing to spend time and risk their data migrating it from one drive to another.

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