Hard Drives - External
External hard drives are ideal for backup or portable file storage, and these drives come in a large range of categories: some use desktop-sized 3.5in hard disks, other use smaller 2.5in drives, and faster products use SSDs. Most drives use USB 3, Thunderbolt or eSATA connections, and these drives can also come in different types of case – some are designed to be tiny, and others are ruggedised to stand up to dust, water and even fire.
These external drives use mobile 2.5in hard disks, which mean they're a lot more portable than desktop drives. They've got capacities that range from 250GB to 4TB, most use super-fast USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connections, and many include backup applications and cloud storage deals for added security.
- 1TB Verbatim Store 'n' Go 53023, Portable External HDD, USB 3.0, Bus Powered, Black£39.98£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 4TB LaCie Mobile Drive STHG4000400, Portable External HDD, USB3.1 Gen2 Type C, Aluminium, Moon Silver£134.48£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 5TB LaCie Mobile Drive STHG5000400, Portable External HDD, USB 3.1 Gen2/Type C, Aluminium, Moon Silver£149.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
These larger drives use desktop-style 3.5in hard disks, which means they're better suited to sitting on a desk than being carried around in a bag, but their larger profile does mean big capacities: some of these products serve up a whopping 4TB of space. Their 7,200rpm spindle speeds mean file transfer are quicker than 2.5in drives, too.
External SSDs are ideal for users looking for lightweight, portable and speedy storage. Their pocket-friendly enclosures are significantly smaller and lighter than external hard drives, and with no moving parts they're also silent, more robust and less prone to physical shock damage. They use the USB 3 interface, which is 10 times faster than and backwards compatible with USB 2.
- 1TB WD My Passport WDBKVX0010PSL-WESN, Portable External SSD, USB 3.1 Gen2/Type-C, Bus Powered, Black/SilverWas: £148.99£139.98FREE DELIVERY
Direct Attached Storage or DAS is an external storage device that is connected directly to a server or workstation without a network device in between (ie there is no hub, switch or router required) using USB, Firewire or eSATA for example. This direct connection ensures fast access to data. A DAS will work as though the hard drives are internally connected, meaning drives can be partitioned, formatted and set up like any other internal hard drive or raid array. These DAS devices are available for standalone desk or rack mounting.
Combining Super Speed USB 3.0 with a SATA hard drive interface results in an external hard drive with high data transfer rates. A 1.8" to 2.5" internal SATA hard drive fits into these enclosures. Power to these enclosures are either via the USB 3.0 connection or a separate power lead, check specifications of the individual product to confirm.
- 1TB LaCie STHG1000400 Mobile Drive External Portable HDD, USB3.1 Gen2 Type C, Aluminium, Moon Silver PC/MAC£65.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- Blackmagic Design UHD 4K 25 SD card slot H.265 duplicator, SD Card Support: Class 10 minimum, Supports UHS-I and UHS£1,656.49FREE DELIVERY ON YOUR ENTIRE BASKET
On-set or in the studio our range of ruggedized professional storage systems connect directly to your Windows PC or Mac. HDD or SSD in RAID offer increased read/write speeds and reliability making it the ideal choice for multi-channel HD and 4K workflow.
These small-scale NAS units hold one or two HDDs. While this does limit their storage capacity a little, it also keeps their size and cost down. There are options for personal and family home use with user-friendly set-ups as well as for business users in a small or home office environment with more advanced features and greater processing power. These units are not sold with hard disks so you'll need to add your own – it's best to get matching models and capacities, especially if you plan on using RAID.
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- 4 Bay Thecus W4810 Desktop NAS, Free License Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 EmbeddedWas: £454.99£407.99FREE DELIVERY