High 5: Storage Devices.


1. Buffalo TeraStation Live

It’s not a Grateful Dead album, but this 1TB (1000GB) drive ($699, street) can store all of them-and thousands of photos, too. It includes a certified DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) multimedia server that lets DLNA devices share songs and multimedia content. It also supports several RAID configurations, includes Memeo AutoBackup software and one Gigabit Ethernet and two USB 2.0 ports. (www.buffalotech.com)

2. OWC Mercury On-The-Go

This 160GB portable drive ($250, street) is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, yet offers double the capacity of most notebook computers; it runs off your notebook’s power. Plus, it includes two blazingly fast FireWire 800/200 ports, one Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port (enabling direct connections to most new digital cameras), and software utilities for both Mac and PC. (www.otherworldcomputing.com)

3. SimpleTech SimpleDrive Portable

How fast does this 160GB, $135 (street) drive go-and where are the wheels? The red-hot design is by Pininfarina, the same folks who design Ferraris. It draws power from your computer through a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port that tops out at 480MB/sec, plenty fast for most file transfers and backups. It’s bundled with StorageSync backup software and a free membership to an innovative online storage service, MyFabrik.com. (www.simpletech.com)

4. TrekStor DataStation Maxi Touch

Short on space and USB connections? Try this 250GB all-in-one drive ($127, street). It has a fast Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection for backing up data or downloading images through its built-in memory card reader, which supports nine formats, including CF, MD, MS and MSPro, and xD-Picture Card. There’s also a USB 2.0 hub with two ports for hooking up other devices or cameras, and a USB cable, drive stands, and backup software. (www.trekstor.de)

5. WD My Book World Edition II

Want access to your images, music, and documents from anywhere? With WD’s Anywhere Access system ($428, street), all you need is a home network with an active internet connection to view, share, or download files from any supported web browser. This 1TB (1000GB) drive can also be set up as a RAID 1 storage system for added reliability. It includes an illuminated capacity gauge, Gigabit Ethernet ports, and EMC Retrospect Express backup software. (www.westerndigital.com)