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 – G-Drive Professional External Hard Drive 1TB

Best external hard drive for photographers - G-Drive Professional External Hard Drive 1TB

Price £150 Web www.g-technology.com
Designed (and pre-formatted) for Mac computers, the G-Drive design is faithful to Apple’s aesthetic.

Plastic is banished in favour of a beautifully crafted, all-aluminium casing that bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s own products.

An abundance of ventilation holes, combined with an integrated heat sink, should also keep this drive as cool as it looks. USB 2.0, FireWire 800 and eSATA are present for optimum compatibility.

Over FireWire 800, read speeds averaged 46.1MB/s, whilst writing performance was even quicker at 52.2MB/s.

Switching to USB 2.0 provided decent read and write rates of 32.4MB/s and 26.8MB/s respectively.

Pros: Impressive design and build quality; versatile connectivity; fast
Cons: Requires reformatting for Windows use; high price per gigabyte

Final Score: 88%

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