Posted October 31, 2008
Over the years in Best Bets Daily we've repeatedly preached the gospel of backing up your computer files—because sooner or later your hard drive will fail on you. Now you really don't have an excuse, because the all-new, redesigned, ultracompact Seagate FreeAgent Go drives make backing up incredibly easy and even sort of aesthetically rewarding, in an Apple-y sort of way. Instead of having a big ugly slab of an external hard drive hogging space on your desk, you just plug one of these babies into a USB port on your desktop or laptop computer. It powers itself and transfers files through the same cable, and even better, it takes just a few squares inches of space on your desk, thanks to an iPod-style dock. And unlike a lot of external hard drives, the Go (so named because it's so portable—not much bigger than a three-by-five card, and less than an inch thick) is totally silent (no noisy fan). With the 320GB version of this drive, chances are you'll be able to back up your entire computer (Windows or Mac), and then some.
320GB drive: $154.99 at Best Buy.
Dock: $29.99 at Best Buy.