Best external hard drive for photographers: 6 models tested and rated

Best external hard drive for photographers - Seagate GoFlex Desk 4TB

Best external hard drive for photographers – Seagate GoFlex Satellite

Best external hard drive for photographers - Seagate GoFlex Satellite

Price £130 Web www.seagate.com
While this drive offers 500GB of portable storage space, its party piece is the ability to wirelessly stream images, music and video to most wireless devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

In practice this worked very well. Just turn on the drive and in under a minute it automatically broadcasts its own wireless network signal, which was easily connected to by our Windows 7 notebook and Android smartphone.

The addition of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes the drive entirely wire-free and further adds to its ease of use.

USB 2.0 read and write performance trailed the other drives, but not significantly.

A great buy, if cable-free storage is your priority.

Pros: Well built; feature-packed with Wi-Fi  and rechargeable battery
Cons: Lower capacity and slower than the competition

Final Score: 86%

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