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Protect your Mac's data with a backup drive

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

What to buy

If you're committed to investing in protecting your data, here are a few of Macworld's favorite drives for you to consider, from among those we've reviewed over the past 12 months.

Seagate Backup Plus

Seagate Backup Plus: Easily the most intriguing attribute of this affordable and highly portable drive is the bundled dashboard software, which lets you automatically back up your Facebook and Flickr photos and videos, and share your content directly from your drive to Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. 

CalDigit AV Pro 3TB

CalDigit AV Pro 3TB: The AV Pro is a speedy desktop external drive that comes with some cool extras. It's incredibly easy to use right out of the box, and it performed impressively in our lab tests. Plus, if you fill up a drive, the AV Pro's drive module allows you to remove and replace it with a fresh one--quickly and easily. 

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt 1TB: If you have a late-2011 Mac with Thunderbolt, or a 2012 model that supports USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, this drive has your name on it. 

Iomega px2-300d NAS

Iomega px2-300d NAS: This drive is more than capable of providing a small to medium-size business with flexible and speedy network storage. In comparison to similar products, the px2-300d shines especially brightly at backups and video surveillance.

ioSafe Solo G3

ioSafe Solo G3: If you're paranoid about the possibility that a natural disaster or a freak accident might destroy your beloved files, ioSafe's Solo G3 may be the perfect storage solution for you. Not only is it fireproof and waterproof, but ioSafe provides free data recovery service for up to a year. 


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