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In honor of World Backup Day: How to protect your data

James Galbraith | April 2, 2013
Looking to finally protect your data as part of World Backup Day? First, you'll need a hard drive. Here's what to look for and which specific models have impressed us.

If you're ready to take that first step in protecting your valuable data, here's a list of PCWorld's favorite drives reviewed over the past 12 months.

Western Digital WD My Passport 2TB: You'd be hard pressed to find a better portable drive than the My Passport. It comes with a good software bundle, has plenty of capacity, and is a top-notch performer.

Rocstor Lancer LX 500: With both USB 3.0 and FireWire interfaces, the Lancer LX works equally well on Windows PCs and Macs. It's large but rugged, and a good, if not great performer. 

Lenovo ThinkPad USB3 Secure Drive: This secure hard drive's high-flying USB 3.0 performance makes it a good choice for those who need to protect their backups. 

QNAP TS-269 Pro: While it's pricey, The QNAP's excellent performance, copious software features, and state-of-the-art connectivity render this two-bay NAS box a good deal for small offices and work groups. 

QNAP TS-879 Pro: If you need to back up your important business data, the TS-879 Pro's eight drive bays and lightning speed highlight this NAS. By far, it's the fastest--and most expensive--box we've tested to date.


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