Hard drives are a great thing to have around. Even if you're not a successful photographer or graphic designer, it's still really important to have everything on your computer backed up. Not only for the performance of your computer, but to protect yourself should you get the blue screen of death.
• LaCie Brick Desktop Hard Drive, $99.99 The Brick Desktop Hard Drive is one of the coolest and most inexpensive drives we've seen in a while. The drives come in red, white or blue and are all 1TB, buy one or all three and stack them on your desk. If something goes wrong, don't worry — they come with a 2 year warranty. USB 2.0.
• Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Pro 500GB USB 2.0 Black Ultra-portable Hard Drive, $89.99 Is another relatively inexpensive hard drive. It's portable and durable, so you don't have to worry about losing your information just from tossing it in your back pack. The 500GB is plenty of storage if you're just backing up simple files such as old tax documents, resumes and family photos. Easily upgrade from USB 2.0 interface to USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800.
• Western Digital My Book Studio LX, $199.99 Is one of the most popular hard drives on the market. Western Digital's My Book series have been at the top of the market for quite some time. They're affordable and reliable, especially the LX model. We love the screen on the front, a feature that not many hard drives have. Available in 1TB and 2 TB.