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 mobile 1TB

Best external hard drive for photographers - G-Drive mobile 1TB

Price £150 Web www.g-technology.com
For its Mac-specific mobile G-Drive, G-Technology has designed a one-piece aluminium base and sides, topped with a plastic cover.

The design combines rugged protection with sheik, Apple-esque style and is a pleasantly tactile device, if slightly heavy.

Its 5400rpm 2.5in drive is capable of running off a single USB or FireWire port and gives a good turn of speed, delivering 51.2 MB/s read and 44.8 MB/s write speeds over FireWire 800.

USB 2.0 is also respectable at 30.7 MB/s and 26.7 MB/s.

A lovely mobile storage solution, albeit exclusively for Mac users – PCs can’t read the Apple format, limiting it’s usefulness as a portable drive for sharing files between devices.

Pros: Sleek protective enclosure; quick over USB 2.0 and FireWire 800
Cons: Pre-formatted to be Mac-compatible restricts portable usage

Final Score: 78%

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