If you need fast storage and lots of it for work or otherwise, there’s still no substitute for a professional-grade RAID setup or networked storage. The Synology DS1512+ NAS and LaCie 5big Thunderbolt external RAID bay are the best combination of accessibility, price and performance. They’re our favorite starter advanced storage options, because we are only offering an intro to this rabbit hole.
Do I need advanced storage?
Now, if you’re like most people, and simply need to back up a few hundred gigs of family photos and documents to a cheap external hard drive, you don’t need to mess with this category, which we’re calling advanced storage. Today’s USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt external drives offer great transfer speeds compared to the USB 2.0 drives of yesteryear. Go check out the Seagate Backup Plus, our favorite external drive, and call it a day.
But some of us need 10 terabytes instead of 2 or 3, or the ability to edit HD video from an external drive, or safer redundant backups than the average external drive can offer. This is where we enter into the world of premium storage, and this piece is meant to serve as a primer on what premium storage is good for and why the prices are worth paying (you’re likely spending at least $1000 here).