Komplett Storage Roundup:

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Hey there all, hopefully the week has started off well for you guys. We’ve had a lot of people asking us about buying extra storage on Twitter over the past couple of days and what might best suit their needs for X or Y purpose. We figured it might be best to do up a quick post with some of our best selling external storage and the circumstances they’re best suited to.

It might seem simple, but you’d be surprised the number of people who feel that they really need to go for a full 1TB of external hard drive when they’d be far better suited with something USB powered. That brings us neatly to the first product we’re going to talk about 🙂

Western Digital My Passport 500GB:

Western Digital’s Passport is a pocket-sized external hard drive in the same sense as you might remember “pocket sized” dictionaries from school; it’s a bit bigger than an iPod, but something you can easily carry around with you.

Click through to see our page for the Western Digital My Passport Essential :)

Click through to see our page for the Western Digital My Passport Essential 🙂

The Passport is ideal for those who just want to grab something to store extra media to free up space on a machine’s drive. It’s portable enough that you can leave it in a bag and not worry about it until you find yourself sitting around with an hour or two to kill.

It’s also excellent an excellent device to have handy for those media migration moments where you absolutely must (for one reason or another) move all of your music from one PC to another. The fact that its USB powered is really the best thing to recommend it.

Western Digital’s My Passport Essential is €91 for 500GB of storage, which is a solid deal for a USB powered drive 🙂

Western Digital Elements 1TB:

There are all kinds of reasons you might want a 1TB external… most of them are movies. If you’ve got a vast media library, then a 1TB external is basically the way to go if you’re looking for a way to clear off your main drive and start fresh with a bit of free space.

Click through to see our page for the Western Digital Elements 1TB :)

Click through to see our page for the Western Digital Elements 1TB 🙂

The Western Digital Elements is the most popular 1TB external we stock, thanks in no small part to the fact that it’s both quite durable and particularly cheap. It’s hard to turn your nose up at a 1TB drive for €76. Aside from media storage, it lends itself quite well to keeping a backup of a notebook, for those of you who have enough valuable data to make it worth keeping a regular backup (as opposed to the kind of data Zen we so often see)

It’s important to keep in mind though that it won’t travel nearly as well as the passport. Once you get past the facts that it’s significantly bigger, and has to be plugged in, you’ll realise that a 1Kg weight isn’t something that sits comfortably on a long journey.

So far, all of the user reviews posted on the Western Digital Elements are positive, with an average rating of 5/5.

Corsair Flash Voyager GT1:

If you’re just looking to bring documents from one place to another, maybe an album or two or a few movies then Corsair’s Flash Voyager (or The Battlestar, as we’ve affectionately come to know it) is probably your best option.

Click through to see our page for the Corsair Flash Voyager GT

Click through to see our page for the Corsair Flash Voyager GT

Corsair’s Flash Voyager GT is small enough to fit on a key ring, so you’re likely not to lose it, but at the same time offers up to 16GB of storage. It’s a simple USB thumbdrive, but a robust and reliable one too. It’s won a raft of awards, which is always something that’s excellent to be able to say for a product we like.

Moreover, the Flash Voyager isn’t too expensive. If you go up to 16GB then you’re looking at €40, but if you’re a little more conservative about how much space you’ll need then you can pick up an 8GB Voyager for just €19.

Again, the user reviews tell some excellent stories, with one simply saying, “Its big and fast and has just survived its second trip in my washing machine – without the cap on! A solid little usb drive.”

If you’re interested you should check out the Corsair Flash Voyager GT1, along with the rest of the customer reviews.

Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB:

Last but by no means least we have an internal drive. It might seem silly, but people building their first desktop often have a lot of questions about the best internal drive they can use to run the whole thing.

Click through to see our page for the Samsung Spinpoint F1 :)

Click through to see our page for the Samsung Spinpoint F1 🙂

It might seem relatively simple, but Samsung’s Spinpoint F1 is a fast and reliable 1TB SATA drive for €68. It’s a 7200RPM drive with a 32MB cache. There’s never all that much to say about internal drives, as weight and portability tend not to be a concern, but it’s worth pointing out that it works out very cheap at the euro-per-gigabyte exchange rate that so many of us work on.

The fact that it’s so cheap and relatively reliable means that it really is an ideal drive to throw into a RAID array or to fill any NAS units you happen to have extra bays in. It’s excellent to know that you can grab 2TB to throw into a NAS for €136. It means that the Spindpoint F1 lends itself very well to backups, for those who need them kept regularly.

Again, it’s nice to be able to say that all of the user reviews on the Spinpoint F1 are strong recommendations. You can check out extra details and user reviews for the Samsung Spinpoint F1 here.

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4 Responses to “Komplett Storage Roundup:”

  1. Stewart Curry Says:

    My 1TB I ordered off you is in the post! I can highly recommend the 500GB passport – it’s perfect for travel, copying large files etc. It’s light, quiet and reliable. I was also using it for a while with Airport (Mac only) as a network shared drive if you need that kind of thing.

  2. Paul Grogan Says:

    Hi there,

    Just wondering how durable the passport drives are?

    thanks

    • komplettie Says:

      They’re solid, but as with most hard-disc style external media you can’t really rely on them to take too much punishment. If you’re looking for something with a lot of survivability then the 16GB Corsair is probably your best bet.

      That said, I’ve had the 500GB Passport in my backpack for about two or three months at a time, without a case and it’s surviving quite well. I can’t recommend that kind of treatment, but you know what I’m getting at 😉

    • Stewart Curry Says:

      I’ve had the 500GB passport bouncing around the house and backback since Christmas and it all works fine.

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