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Five Hard Drives to Keep Your Data Secure

  1. Seagate Backup Plus

    Seagate Backup Plus

    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

    Lenovo ThinkPad Secure

    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

    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

    Western Digital My Passport

    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

    LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt

    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.