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Five Hard Drives to Keep Your Data Secure

  1. Seagate Backup Plus
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    Seagate Backup Plus

    $100-$200
    If you don’t need extras, get this affordable drive to back up your photos, home videos, and important documents. Seagate’s Backup Plus comes in capacities from 1 terabyte to 4TB, more than enough room to keep all your stuff safe. It also has an ­automated backup feature: All you have to do is connect the drive to your computer, and it will take care of duplicating everything.

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  2. Lenovo ThinkPad Secure
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    Lenovo ThinkPad Secure

    $170-$200
    Security freaks should buy the Lenovo, which has a keypad right on the drive. Remembering up to 10 passwords, it can be shared with colleagues, family ­members, and fellow ­clandestine ­operatives. The ThinkPad comes in either 500 ­giga­byte or 750GB ­capacities and has a ­built-in USB cable for ­connecting to a com­puter. Sadly, an ­explosive auto-self-destruct feature isn’t yet available.

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  3. Synology DS213air
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    Synology DS213air

    About $300, not including storage
    A networked drive—a hard drive with a basic computer built in—allows you to store and access your music, movies, and documents from any computer in your house. Using Synology’s ­ezCloud, you can set up your own private cloud and get files via the Internet. The DS213air isn’t cheap—$300 covers the computer; it costs anywhere from $135 to $500 to add 2TB to 8TB of storage—but if you want everything available all the time, this is your solution.

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  4. Western Digital My Passport
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    Western Digital My Passport

    $80-$150
    This tiny portable drive stores up to 2TB of data. For ­perspective, the entire ­Microsoft Office software suite is a 1GB ­download; this flask-size device could hold 2,000 copies. My Passport also has multiple backup options: It can make auto­matic duplicates of any file you save and upload whatever you save to a Dropbox account. Useful when you misplace the small 4-by-3-inch drive.

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  5. LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt
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    LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt

    $200-$350
    The 1TB LaCie isn’t the fastest hard drive, but it’s one of the most durable. With a hardened aluminum case and removable ­rubberized bumper, it can be dropped from 4 feet without ­sustaining damage. Plus, the 120GB and 256GB versions are ­solid-state, so there’s no ­spinning ­magnetic disk inside. No moving parts means less will break if the drive makes a ­beeline for the marble floor.

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