The best brands for an external hard drive

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An external hard drive is a computer component used by many people to increase their computer's storage capacity and back up important files and data, reports Cnet.com. With so many different external hard drives on the market it may be difficult to determine which is best. Cost, storage capacity, transfer rate, system compatibility and hard disk interfaces are factors you should consider when deciding which brand offers the best external hard drive to fit your needs.

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Iomega Brand

Iomega makes several portable and desktop external hard drives that have made Cnet and PC Magazine's list of best hard drives on the market. The Iomega ego Desktop Hard Drive is available in three colours (jet black, ruby red and midnight blue) and offers 1TB of storage space, USB interface, free data protection software, a free 30-day trial of McAfee security software and a three-year limited warranty. This external hard drive is compatible with Mac OS X, version 10.1-10.5 and Microsoft Windows Vista, 2000 and XP. According to Iomega.com, reformatting is required for use with Mac computers.

Western Digital Brand

Western Digital is one of the most popular and highest rated brands of external hard drives on pcmag.com. This company makes desktop and portable external hard drives that offer storage space ranging from 160GB to 2TB and feature multiple interface connectivity (USB, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800). According to wdc.com, most of Western Digital's external hard drives are plug-and-play compatible with Windows computers, but require reformatting for use with Mac computers. Western Digital also makes Mac-ready versions of some of their best-selling external hard drives. Other features you can expect to find included in Western Digital brand external hard drives include automatic and visual backup, password protection, hardware encryption and WD SmartWare software, which allows you to run diagnostics, customise your backup, manage the power settings and more, reports wdc.com.

LaCie Brand

LaCie makes desktop hard drives that offer a large amount of storage space---ranging from 500GB to 2TB. LaCie external hard drives feature up to quadruple interface connectivity (USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800), backup assistant, a two-year limited warranty, and are completely PC and Mac compatible. LaCie also makes portable external hard drives that offer a USB interface and storage space ranging from 60GB to 1TB.

SimpleTech Brand

SimpleTech brand external hard drives have made both Cnet and PCWorld's list of best hard drives on the market. SimpleTech offers PC and Mac compatible external hard drives that feature multiple interface connectivity (USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800), automatic backups, storage space ranging from 250GB to 2TB and a three-year warranty. According to simpletech.com, other features you can expect depending on the model of external hard drive that you choose include pocket-sized design, multiple colour choices, security lock slot and energy-efficient and eco-friendly design.

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