The Best Hard Drives of 2021

While they may not be exciting, hard drive are seriously the most important tool a creative can purchase.

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Yes, You Need a Reliable Hard Drive As a Creative

While they may not be the sexiest, or even the most exciting piece of tech, hard drives and storage devices are among the most important tools for serious photographers and filmmakers. So important, in fact, that if they did not exist, neither would your body of work. Looking for a hard drive that’s not only reliable, but rugged and fast enough to meet your needs can be a tricky process. We’ve made it easy around here to tell you what each of our favorites are, including the beloved brands SanDisk, LaCie, and Gnarbox. Here are our top 5:

At A Glance…

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To Know:

The LaCie Rugged USB-C portable drive combines rugged durability with cutting edge USB-C. The result is a vault for your data that’s compatible with next-gen computers like the Apple Macbook, as well as USB computers. Featuring the market’s highest storage capacity for its size, the LaCie Rugged USB-C gives you enough space to store your digital present—and future. Massive capacity lets you use the LaCie Rugged as a shuttle drive to transport footage from set to post-production or to store a huge Lightroom library. Creative pros have been depending on LaCie Rugged drives for over a decade because they are the most reliable way to transport and capture data in the field. With resistance to drops, crush, rain, and unauthorized access, the LaCie Rugged USB-C is tough enough for extreme conditions—from a sudden rainstorm to a crush of suitcases in an airplane cargo hold.

What We Love:

Versatile

Compatible with Mac & Windows.

Fast As Heck

Bus powered for mobile work flows.

Rugged As Heck

Drop (4ft), Crush (1 ton car), and Water (rain) resistant for all terrain use.

The Details:

Brand: LaCie

Price: $174.99

Product Type: Hard Drive

Best For: Outdoor enthusiasts with a need for speed, or simply those wanting to enure their hard drive is safe from a 4 foot drop.

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To Know:

60 seconds or less—how might you spend the rest of your day if that’s all it takes to back up high-res photos and footage? Would you capture more? Edit more? Create more? With speeds up to 540MB/s, compatibility across Mac, Windows, USB 3.0, and USB-C, huge capacity up to 2TB, and a slim, diamond-cut design for life on the go, LaCie Portable SSD respects your precious time. By never stealing it. Edit loads of 4K compressed video. Traverse multiple Adobe applications at once. Mix and master. Whatever you create, do it confidently with some of the quickest file transfers possible. With up to 540MB/s sequential read/write speeds, you can edit directly from your drive. Transfer one hour of footage in less than one minute with flash accelerated speed. LaCie Portable SSD utilizes a reversible USB-C cable—meaning there’s no wrong way to plug in. For legacy devices, we hook you up with a USB-A to USB-C cable.

What We Love:

Drop It And Stay Confident

Drop resistance up to 6 feet.

Take Literally Anywhere

Ultra portable size for travel friendly usage.

Gotta Go Fast

540mbps read/write speeds

The Details:

Brand: LaCie

Price: $209.99

Product Type: SSD Hard Drive

Best For: Tech wizards wanting something comfortably fast with meaty space and a heck of a solid state drive.

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To Know:

Our workflow relies pretty heavily on our laptops, which we love... most of the time. But there are times and places where we would rather leave our laptop at home - namely hiking treacherous peaks in Norway or on multi day backpacking trips. But those are where you find some of the most epic photo spots - and the laptop is not rugged or light enough to really come along. That’s the problem Gnarbox set out to solve. A backup storage solution that’s waterproof, weighs less than a pound, but also connects to your phone to allow for content viewing and organizing away from your computer. Game changer.

What We Love:

Truly Rugged

Gasket-sealed aluminum-rubber enclosure protects from dust and dirt.

Gotta Go Fast

SD Transfer: Up to 75MB/s.

Includes WiFi

Has up to 867mbps 802.11 ac WiFi capabilities.

The Details:

Brand: GNARBOX

Price: $599.00

Product Type: SSD Hard Drive

Best For: Those willing to spend a pretty penny on a hard drive that instantly backs up SD cards in minutes. Backup your stuff WITHOUT a laptop.

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To Know:

The rugged SanDisk Extreme® Portable SSD delivers high-speed transfers with up to 550MB/s read speeds, making it perfect for saving and editing hi-res photos and videos. Its IP55 rating means that it can stand up to rain, splashes, spills, and dust. It’s perfect for extensive photo shoots, taking your portfolio with you, or backing up your work. Compact and designed to fit in the palm of your hand, the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD works with both PC and Mac computers via USB.

What We Love:

Faster Than The Rest

High-speed transfers with up to 550MB/s read speeds

Worry-Free

Rugged, water- and dust-resistant1 (IP-55 rated).

Small, But Mighty

Shock-resistant solid-state core for greater durability.

The Details:

Brand: SanDisk

Price: $79.99

Product Type: Hard Drive

Best For: Anyone needing a quick, rugged solution to fast backup without breaking the bank.

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To Know:

Like an airy loft or vast landscape, LaCie Mobile Drive articulates the beauty and importance of premium space. Wherever life takes you, whichever laptops and devices you opt for, LaCie Mobile Drive is compatible enough to keep up. Connect to modern and future laptops via reversible USB-C.1 Connect to legacy laptops via USB 3.0 to USB-C. Compatible with Windows and Mac, LaCie Mobile Drive offers up to 4TB of massive on-the-go space for everything worth storing and backing up. Even music, movies, and personal documents. Keep up to 500K high-resolution photos. Store up to 165 hours of videos. Included is the LaCie Toolkit—easy-to-use software for one-click backups, scheduled automatic backups, and even folder mirroring across multiple devices.

What We Love:

Accessible

Compatible with Mac & Windows

Got You Covered

Compatible with USB-C and USB-A devices

Hearty

Aluminum build

The Details:

Brand: LaCie

Price: $134.99

Product Type: Hard Drive

Best For: The remote workers and tech nerds that love LaCie’s endless loyalty.

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