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Data Storage – Top External Hard Drive Options

We have created a shortlist of some of the best hard drives for personal and small business data storage use

When it comes to hard drives for data storage, we are really spoilt for choice these days. There are more than a few good brands to look at and so making up your mind one which one to purchase is not always easy.

So, here is our shortlist of hard drives we think are great for small scale data storage.


Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive

The Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive is a great option for home and small business data storage and backups. Storage capacities range from 2 TB up to 8 TB so you can easily backup entire laptop and computer hard drives if necessary or keep multiple backups.

Other notable features include:

  • Free backup software
  • Mobile Backup App for mobile devices
  • Social Network Backups
  • Connects using fast USB 3.0


Western Digital My Passport Ultra

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra is 2.5-inch portable hard drive with a capacity from 500GB to 2 TB. Small and compact, this is a great hard drive if you need extra data storage space or need to do backups while travelling.

Useful features include:

  • Can be used with Dropbox Cloud
  • Connects using fast USB 3.0
  • Security settings including password protection and encryption
  • USB powered
  • Small and lightweight


LaCie Rugged Mini

If you need a tough travel hard drive then look no further than the LaCie Rugged Mini. This little hard drive is shock, rain, and pressure resistant and it looks cool too. It small enough to fit in your pocket yet it can withstand up to 1 ton of pressure and be dropped from 1.2 meters.

Features we like:

  • Rugged, weather and shock proof
  • Connect using fast USB 3.0
  • Password protection option
  • Eco mode reduces power consumption by up to 40%
  • Capacity from 500 GB to 2 TB


Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Storage

If you hate all the wires that typically come with external hard drives, you will love the Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Storage drives. With capacities from 500 GB to 2 TB, you’ll have plenty of storage or data backup space.

Great features:

  • Wireless
  • Good storage capacity range
  • Battery life of up to 10 hours
  • Compact


Western Digital My Passport Air

Looking for a portable hard drive that suits your MAC? Look no further than the Western Digital My Passport Air. This 11mm thin hard drive looks great and comes in capacities of 500GB and 1 TB.

Must-have features include:

  • Ultra-thin anodized aluminium look, to match your MacBook Air
  • USB 3.0 and 2.0 compatibility
  • USB powered
  • Works with Apple Time Machine


What to do if you have outgrown hard drive storage and backups.


Hard drive storage and data backups are great for personal use and up to a point for small business use. However, there comes a time when comprehensive offsite data backups and storage are the smarter choice.

When it comes to running a business, your data is vital to the running of your business; some data is even regulated by legislation and will need to be kept for a specified number of years.

Iron Mountain has a range of customizable offsite data storage and backup solutions to meet your specific needs and give you peace of mind. Our products cater to both business large and small and have unsurpassed flexibility.

To find out more or speak to a knowledgeable consultant, contact Iron Mountain today.



Disclaimer: Iron Mountain does not endorse or make any claims regarding the quality and performance of the hard drives listed. The list is for informational purposes only. Products may or may not be available in South Africa.


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