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Storage

Losing your hard-earned, precious data is no joke. That's why our experts spend hundreds of hours researching and testing the best storage devices so you can back up your data as you go. To back up, transfer, or store files, turn to our picks for SSDs, flash drives, microSD cards, or SD cards.

The Best USB 3.0 Flash Drive SanDisk Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive 64 GB
The SanDisk Extreme CZ80 is still our favorite USB 3.0 flash drive, but it's being discontinued. After it goes away, the Extreme Go is the next-best choice.   Read More >
The Best SSDs Samsung 850 EVO
The Samsung 850 EVO is still the best SSD for most, but there’s a new runner-up (the Crucial MX300) and a PCIe upgrade for pros (Samsung 960 Pro).   Read More >
The Best SD Cards 64GB Samsung Pro Plus
After putting in 42 hours of research and testing over the past two years, we found that the 64GB Samsung Pro Plus is the best SD card for most people. It’s fast enough to shoot 4K video, has some of the fastest transfer and in-camera speeds we tested, and it’s the best card you can buy for the price. Plus, it comes with a 10-year limited warranty.   Read More >
The Best microSD Card 64GB Samsung EVO Plus
After 40 hours of research and testing over the past two years, we found that the 64GB Samsung EVO Plus is the best microSD card for most people's needs. It's the most versatile and cost-effective card we tested, with speedy random read and write speeds for phones or tablets plus fast sequential speeds for other uses.   Read More >

External Hard Drives

 
The Best Portable Hard Drive 2 TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim
After 21 hours of research and testing, our pick is the Seagate Backup Plus Slim, a reliable portable hard drive that’s thin, light, and fast.   Read More >
The Best External Desktop Hard Drive 4 TB Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive
We spent 20 hours of research and testing to find the 4 TB Seagate Backup Plus Desktop is the fastest and cheapest drive per terabyte.   Read More >

Network Drive

 
The Best NAS for Most Home Users QNAP Turbo NAS TS-251
The speedy and powerful QNAP Turbo NAS TS-251 is our pick for those looking to add backups, storage, and streaming to a home network.   Read More >

Online Backup

 
Best Online Cloud Backup Service CrashPlan
After carefully comparing 20 services and testing six, we found that CrashPlan is the best online backup service for most people. CrashPlan has a better overall value than any other service we tested, and offers a more flexible, reliable, and affordable experience than the competition. Restoring files with CrashPlan is less painful than with other services, and it has the unique option of peer-to-peer backups, which allows you to forgo paying for cloud storage.   Read More >