Gifts That Can Save Your Data's Life: Good Portable Storage Options

What could be more practical for anybody with a personal computer than the gift of personal data storage? Capacities keep going up, as does the number of value-added and optional features. Prices keep coming down, much to the joy of buyers and to the chagrin of storage executives.

All signs seem to point to a rather practical holiday gift-giving season this year, thanks to the uncertainty in the macroeconomy. Save those frivolous gifts for white elephant parties!
Gifts that promise to have usefulness for a long time will be favored, economists say, as people try to get the most for their money.
And what could be more practical for anybody with a personal computer than the gift of personal data storage? Capacities keep going up, as do the number of value-added and optional features. And prices keep coming down, much to the joy of buyers and to the chagrin of storage executives.
"The prices are all market-driven. It's ridiculous how cheap these things are, but it is what it is," Iomega President Jonathan Huberman told eWEEK a few weeks ago.
Take full advantage while prices are down; since most things in business are cyclical, the prices will undoubtedly start heading back up at some point.
Here are some prime examples of relatively inexpensive storage hardware/software packages for consumers and/or small businesses.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in large part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 12 years and more than 3,900 stories at eWEEK, he...