The best portable hard drives and SSDs in 2024: convenient storage for every budget

best portable hard drive: LaCie Rugged Mini
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The best portable hard drives are the ideal way to store, back up and archive your images and videos to keep them safe and accessible. If you're constantly on the move and need a storage solution that can move with you, then we'd definitely recommend picking up one of these portable hard drives.

Ultimately, your computer's storage is only going to take you so far. Images and videos take up a lot of digital space, and if you shoot even a reasonable amount, you'll find pretty quickly that you need somewhere to keep all this data. Even if you already use cloud storage, portable hard drives can be an excellent choice. They offer an extra layer of backup without needing to access the internet.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys. 

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