Don't-Miss Storage Stories
Akitio's Thunder3 Duo Pro enclosure looks good, and offers super-easy drive installation, but its Thunderbolt 3 support is wasted on SATA storage.
Fantastically fast and fantastically expensive, this external drive lets Thunderbolt 3 strut its stuff to the tune of 2GBps transfers.
The Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB is pricey, but this large-capacity hard drive also reads and writes data far faster than the average HDD. It can't match an SSD, but it makes a great companion for one.
With an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot and the Plex media server, this drive lets you take all your shows (and all your tunes) on the road.
The industry's latest consumer M.2 PCIe-NVMe drive offers excellent performance, and is relatively affordable.
The USB Type C port is new, intriguing, and incredibly confusing, because vendors vary in how they implement the standard. It all comes down to the controller, so we take the fastest USB-C device out there to show you the sometimes vast differences.
The Extreme 900 is one of the first devices to take advantage of USB 3.1 faster speeds, and it's delightfully fast.
Though it downscales them to 1080p, you can stream 2160p videos with Synology's lastest NAS boxes and operating system
Samsung manages to wring better sustained performance out of a USB 3.1 SSD than some vendors do from their internal SATA SSDs.
Unlike its predecessor, the Trion 150 offers decent performance at a decent price.
Qnap delivers a streaming box on steroids. But it's not the easiest device to set up, and it's light on apps for tasks other than media streaming.
This SATA 6Gbps SSD offers very good overall performance—much better than that of comparably priced TLC SSDs.
The Visiontek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD is great for distributing the same data across multiple computers, but is little better, and a lot more expensive, than a hard drive for backup.
If you're looking for an M.2 upgrade, this is the drive to have.
For light-duty computing, the BX200 is a good SSD. But stress it by writing lots of files and it slows to a crawl.