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Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB External Drive

• $229.99 ($149.99 Best Buy)
Western Digital

Like our waistline after a Las Vegas buffet, our hard drive capacity has been stretched thin lately. Thanks to hundreds of photos from E3, not to mention hundreds more snapped during our weekend hikes, all these RAW files have been quickly dwindling our free capacity. So we but the bullet and invested in some spacious new storage for photo backup/archiving. We nabbed this 3TB drive at $135 (it has since bumped back in price). USB 3.0/2.0 connection options keep transfer rates respectable and a slim form factor means we can hide behind our laptop. Just skip the useless included backup software and use the drive with your own backup application of choice...